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It's here. The future of patient weighing

patient transfer scaleSince early 2016, Marsden has been working on a brand new weighing scale. It’s the first of its kind, a unique, revolutionary idea that could change the way immobile patients are weighed.

The Patient Transfer Scale is quite unlike any other weighing scale, and will be launched next month. But what is it, why does it exist, and how will hospitals benefit?

NICE guidelines (2006) state patients admitted to hospital should have “a weight on admission and then a weekly weight.”

Getting an accurate weight reading for a patient - quickly - can help save a life. But when a patient is immobile, getting a weight reading at all can be extremely difficult. With the Patient Transfer Scale, we have the solution.

Over ten years ago, a nurse working in the Emergency Department of University Hospital Monklands near Glasgow was becoming increasingly frustrated by the difficulties of weighing immobile patients. Gillian Taylor watched as critical patients arrived in hospital, unable to move and needing medication or treatment as fast as possible, yet weighing them to calculate drug dosages was too difficult or time consuming.

Her idea - which was presented to Marsden in 2016, was to weigh patients at the point where they are laterally transferred from trolley to bed. When a patient arrives in hospital on a trolley, they are almost always transferred to a bed using a transfer slide, or transfer board. Gillian’s idea was to create a  transfer slide with an in-built weighing scale.

The Patient Transfer Scale is the result.

There are two clear, primary benefits of using a Patient Transfer Scale:


  1. It allows a patient to be weighed quickly. Currently, if a patient who is immobile needs to be weighed, a hoist scale or bed scale is typically used. Both are time consuming to set up; the former can take as long as twenty minutes to set up, and can be undignified for the patient. The latter could be cumbersome, and again, takes time to set up.
  2. It weighs patients as part of an existing process. Because the transfer board becomes the weighing scale, there is no need to account for the time it takes to weigh a patient, they are simply weighed during lateral transfer to a bed. This saves time during that critical period of patient admission and getting an accurate weight in order to administer drug dosages or treatment with confidence.

The Patient Transfer Scale, which will be officially launched next month,  is suitable not just for Emergency Departments, throughout the hospital where a patient is immobile and needs to be weighed. Stroke, Cardiology, Sepsis, Spinal, Head Injury, Renal, ICU, HDU, X-ray, Theatres and Palliative wards for example can all benefit from faster, easier weighing using the PTS.

The Patient Transfer Scale has a capacity of 250kg, accuracy of 500g, and boasts a clear, easy to use indicator with just an on/off button and a Hold function, to stabilise the weight on the display.

It is patented in the UK and patents are pending in the EU and US. The scale will be available to purchase through our website in the UK, and via distributors outside of the UK.

More information will be announced in September.

You can register your interest today by contacting our team here.

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