Bariatric coordinators act as liaisons between patients and surgeons who will be performing surgeries. The goal of these surgeries is to assist in weight loss, with the conjunction of a healthy diet and lifestyle. A bariatric coordinator’s basic responsibility is to be the administrator of the bariatric department’s personnel.
Duties also include keeping up inventory and supplies and being current on all regulations and protocols. As a bariatric coordinator, there is a need to meet with patients and monitor the patients after care. To ensure proper after-care, a registered nurse and/or dietician is necessary. A bariatric coordinator must be punctual and have great intrapersonal and organizational skills. They must be able to schedule and direct team meetings, suggest improvements, and encourage team morale. Proficiency with Microsoft office applications and the ability to keep accurate records of patients’ private information will be needed.
Bariatric coordinators must be able to fulfill surgical and tool sanitization duties. Proficiency in all duties performed by subordinates and the ability to assist and possibly fill in for coworkers is pertinent. Being a bariatric coordinator requires a lot of office work, as well as field work. These coordinators must have extensive experience and knowledge of the medical field and must be willing to travel, depending on the network of the medical facilities in the area. Generally, a bariatric coordinator needs to have a bachelor’s degree in office management or a related field, as well as pertinent experience.
Bariatric Coordinator Tasks
Audit, analyze and confirm patient data retrieval and reports, improve efficiency when necessary.
Supervise the day-to-day operations, and perform data retrieval on bariatric surgery patients.
Oversee, develop and evaluate all services and functions of the bariatric program.
Review, audit and submit completed authorizations and supporting documents.
Develop and present bariatric surgery education and programs, for staff and public.