Bariquins’ Newsletter for Spring 2021

Monday, March 22, 2021

Welcome to the latest edition of the quarterly


In this newsletter:

  • New Video from Bariquins
  • Training Update
  • Barry & Benny's Round-Up

Please scroll down for more details.



New Video from Bariquins

Bariquins recently commissioned a new video for their YouTube channel. The brief video shows our bariatric training mannequins in use in various scenarios in emergency service and hospital training environments.

The 36 seconds long recording gives examples of the kind of instruction that is possible when using the Bariquin mannequin. Training with the Bariquin mannequin provides competently trained staff who have the skills, experience and knowledge, reducing the risks when moving and handling the plus-size person. It also avoids the plus-size person feeling vulnerable, not having control and often, unintentionally, being made aware of the lack of training and experience of staff.

Bariquins can be used to practice moving and handling techniques, leading to less time dealing with situations, fewer personnel required to attend, less injuries to staff or their subjects. In turn, this can lead to less employee sickness or the need to cover it and fewer compensation claims. Complicated transfers can also be rehearsed and new techniques developed, designing out any risks involved.

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. 

To view the video, click on either of the images above or below this piece.


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.

Training Update

It is around a year since the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK. During that time, training schedules and working practices have been interrupted immeasurably.

Due to the restrictions associated with Covid-19 transmission prevention, physical instruction has been affected more than other forms of training. Bariquins, however, have re-introduced their training courses, having recently provided instruction on Bariatric Casualty Moving & Handling Train-the-Trainer Courses.

All our courses have been assessed to provide training in the safest environment possible by adopting many Covid-19 precautions. Latest statistics about Covid-19 infection rates are encouraging and we hope that, at last, a corner has been turned and the UK is moving back towards normality, whatever that new normality is like. Despite this, all Bariquins' training courses will continue to be provided with Covid secure measures in place until the UK Government's immunisation programme has been completed.

Bariquins provide a range of courses for plus-size casualty and plus-size patient moving & handling training. We define plus-size patient moving & handling training as where there is access to patient hoists and such equipment in a hospital or care home setting. If you are interested in such training, please contact our Training Department via


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:
  • Newer analysis from America shows that not only does obesity increase the risk of being sicker and dying from COVID-19, obesity also increases the risk of becoming infected in the first place. Read more here
  • A study, also from the US, into severely obese trauma patients revealed that they were at least 30% more likely to die and approximately twice as likely to have a major complication compared with non-obese patients. The brief details of the study are here
  • A survey of truck drivers in Australia has revealed that more than half of them are classed as obese. Further details are here
  • In our last newsletter, we reported several news items regarding extrications of people living with obesity by several fire & rescue services. Here's another report, this time by Sussex Fire & Rescue Service. Details are here
  • Finally, another report an extrication of a person living with obesity. This one is from the area served by Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service. More details here.



Until next newsletter, 

Stay Safe and Healthy.

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