25 stone training mannequin for 21st Century concerns – obesity and costs

8. Bariquins IMG_0281jpgBariquins has launched a plus-sized training aid. The bariatric training mannequin weighs 25 stones (350lb/159kg), yet can be disassembled so that an individual can move him. ‘Barry’, as he’s known, has been designed to assist the training of emergency service personnel, enabling them to safely and efficiently manoeuvre or rescue plus-size people.

Designed to represent the weight distribution of an actual person in order to provide realistic training, Barry is made up of 15 weighted parts, a jacket plus authentic looking head, hands and feet. The heaviest component is 16kg, with handles fitted to the largest parts. Simple connectors allow Barry to be assembled or disconnected in under 10 minutes. Decals easily identify where each section fits, assisting assembly. Barry’s limbs have been designed to imitate those of a real person and because of his modular design, he can simulate amputee patients too.

Built with quality in mind, Barry can withstand demanding conditions due to the impact resistant material from which he is constructed, which is durable and easy to clean. He can be placed in uncomfortable positions or used in smoky environments. Barry won’t get tired or embarrassed during training and there’s no danger of hurting him when mishandling occurs either.

Training with a Bariquin allows new techniques to be devised, designing out risks involved. Complicated removals can be rehearsed too, before carrying out the actual movement of a real person. Practising emergency extrications will result in quicker casualty removal, reduced times spent at scenes, fewer staff attending incidents and safer handling skills. Revenue can also be earned by providing training to others. And after training, Barry can be stored discretely away, not become a hazard.