Bariquins’ Newsletter for Autumn 2020

Friday, September 25, 2020


Welcome to the latest 
edition of the quarterly


In this newsletter:

  • New Higher Specification Anti-Bacterial Bariatric Mannequin Now Available
  • The Effects of COVID-19 on Those Living with Obesity
  • Barry & Benny's Round-Up

Please scroll down for more details.



New Higher Specification

Anti-Bacterial Bariatric Mannequin

Now Available

As a way of preventing the transmission of the COVID-19 Coronavirus during any training requirements, Bariquins have now introduced an upgrade to their bariatric training mannequins. Bariquins' mannequins are now being made available with anti-bacterial webbing fitted as an extra barrier against COVID-19 transference.

The material selected to make the Bariquins' mannequins from (micrAgard™) has always incorporated anti-bacterial properties. It should be noted that these anti-bacterial attributes are impregnated throughout the micrAgard™ fabric; it is not a surface treatment that wears off after time. The addition of the new anti-bacterial webbing will vastly supplement the infection control properties of Bariquins' mannequins. The potential for microbes to hide in the recesses of the webbing is all but eliminated, so reducing Coronavirus transmission possibilities.

Here's some further reassurance about our mannequins. Due to more general concerns about Coronavirus from all sections of society, the manufacturers of micrAgard™ have recently had independent testing carried out on the effectiveness of micrAgard™ against Coronavirus. This fabric which is used in the manufacture of Bariquins' mannequins is already a market leader for infection control and cross contamination prevention by being over 99% effective against bacteria, microbes and superbugs. The new independent test results have found that micrAgard™ fabric is shown to be 99.09% effective against COVID-19.

This new inclusion of anti-bacterial webbing together with the micrAgard™ fabric will minimise any potential transmission during recommended regulatory or periodic training. The pandemic currently shows no signs of disappearing but healthcare organisations, emergency services and other essential institutions still have a duty to carry out their roles and responsibilities as best they can. The increasing number of links being established between COVID-19 and obesity (see below) will ensure that training, albeit under challenging conditions, must continue.

For more information on our new, upgraded Bariquins mannequins and how they can help your organisation, please contact us on


Bariquins are manufactured to a high quality and have a superior look to them, reflecting the professionalism of the organisations using them. They're practical to train with, dealing with the size and weight of a plus-size person in benign conditions. Also, quick to set up prior to training due to the system of decals and connector markings. They're even quicker to take apart after training and they store away easily too.

Only one instructor is needed to take the Bariquin to where tuition takes place; not a team of instructors (avoiding more expense every time it's used) nor a group of untrained students or an insufficient number of trained staff (preventing injury) and without the need to purchase industrial lifting equipment.

Bariquins have limbs that flex similar to a real person too and weight distribution is throughout the body and limbs, not concentrated in one heavy, unrealistic mass. Water is not required to add the weight, which avoids filling and emptying the water in situ and there's no trailing of hoses through corridors. Plus leakages and bursts are averted and water is not wasted after use.

The heaviest component of a Bariquin weighs 16kg (less than your flight suitcase). This is due to the UK Manual Handling Operations Regulations stating that the maximum weight a woman should lift to elbow height is 16kg. (That’s the regulations being gender-specific, not us.) Detachable sections also mean that amputee-based scenarios can be undertaken, adding extra realism to training.

Bariquins' mannequins are a durable piece of kit and are made in the UK. They can be used in demanding scenarios due to the impact resistant material, heavy duty fittings and robust manufacturing methods. There’s a 12 months guarantee against material defects in the Bariquins’ design, material and workmanship.

The Effects of COVID-19 on

Those Living with Obesity

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues unabated around the world, the evidence of its links with obesity are being reported increasingly. In this edition of our quarterly newsletter, we are going to take a look at some of those articles. 

Firstly, an article reported by the World Obesity Federation, regarding research carried out by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stating that obesity-related conditions seem to worsen the effect of COVID-19. It reports that people with heart disease and diabetes are at higher risk of COVID-19 complications; heart disease and diabetes being two of the many co-morbidities associated with obesity. As people living with obesity become ill, it presents challenges in intensive care patient management as it is more difficult to intubate patients with obesity. Diagnostic imaging is also more challenging (due to weight limits on imaging machines) and patients are more difficult to position and transport by nursing staff.

Other studies point to obesity as the most significant risk factor (after only older age) for being hospitalized with COVID-19. Young adults with obesity appear to be more at risk, as reported in The New York Times. In New York, where, among adults under the age of 54, around half of the patients admitted to two medical facilities were people living with obesity despite New York City having a lower obesity rate of just 22 percent.

Additional research in the same article (focusing on patients under 60) found that those with obesity were twice as likely to be hospitalized and were at even higher risk of requiring critical medical care. The association between obesity and more severe disease was not seen in patients over the age of 60.

Further unsettling reports indicate, in an article posted by CNN, that obesity itself could undermine the effectiveness of any COVID-19 vaccine that is likely to be developed. Vaccines already engineered to protect against influenza, hepatitis B, tetanus and rabies can be less effective in obese adults than in the general population. Researchers studying obesity say that there is little reason to believe that any vaccines produced to counter COVID-19 will be any different.

Other research carried out by Public Health England and reported in the Evening Standard revealed a dramatic rise in the risk of hospitalisation and death from COVID-19. It found that a person living with severe obesity has an increased chance of dying from Coronavirus by up to 90 per cent.

As the pandemic continues, more will become known about COVID-19 itself and its effects on those living with obesity. Whatever
direction this research takes, it is clear that as bad as Coronavirus is, it is certainly worse for those who live with obesity.


Barry & Benny's Round-Up

In this regular section, we'll be looking at news from Bariquins and other pieces of interest that have occurred since the last newsletter.
Headlines and reports that have caught our attention recently are listed here:
  • Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Mannequin-Based Simulation training is estimated at US$1.2 Billion in the year 2020. Read more about the report here.
  • The CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in America has published its latest findings on the rate of obesity in the US. It doesn't make good reading but here is the link.
  • Further to the above, it doesn't look like things will improve anytime soon in America. Current research shows that by 2030, nearly half of all US adults are projected to be obese. Read more on this here.
  • Some research from Norway suggests that prejudices of society affect hospital personnel as intensive care unit staff are reluctant to care for patients living with obesity. For more details, click here.
  • Finally, a report that UK fire crews rescue 23 people living with obesity who require assistance at home, every week. More details here.



Until next newsletter,
Stay Safe & Healthy.


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