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.

15 thoughts on “It's here. The future of patient weighing”

  • Martin Pendry

    May I please ask the cost of these pat slides with scales.

    Thanks

    M

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    • Marsden

      Hi Martin,

      No problem! Price can be seen here:

      https://www.marsden-weighing.co.uk/index.php/m-999-patient-transfer-scale.html

      Alternatively you can email sales@marsdengroup.co.uk for a quotation.

      Kindest regards

      Marsden

      Reply
  • Shona Eyre

    I attended a Yorkshire Back Exchange meeting when the demo version was tested and the hospice I work at is interested to look at it. Could someone get in touch and discuss a trial?

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    • Marsden

      Hi Shona

      Thank you for your comment! The Patient Transfer Scale is now available to buy and a member of our team will be in touch soon.

      Kindest regards

      Marsden

      Reply
  • Kim Paterson
    Kim Paterson 10/10/2018 at 10:45 am

    Really interested in purchasing a weighing board for our A&E department, could I have done details and where to purchase.

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    • Marsden

      Hi Kim

      Thank you for your comment! The Patient Transfer Scale is now available to buy. Full details can be seen here:

      https://www.marsden-weighing.co.uk/index.php/m-999-patient-transfer-scale.html

      If you would like a quotation please email sales@marsdengroup.co.uk.

      Kindest regards

      Marsden

      Reply
  • Samantha Kidd
    Samantha Kidd 30/09/2018 at 6:40 am

    We would like these scales for our Acute Medical Ward and are interested in purchasing one.
    Could you please inform me how much they are and when they are available for purchase please?
    Many Thanks,
    Sam.

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    • Marsden

      Hi Samantha

      That sounds great! The Patient Transfer Scale is now available to purchase and you can see it here:

      https://www.marsden-weighing.co.uk/index.php/m-999-patient-transfer-scale.html

      You can also email our Sales team, sales@marsdengroup.co.uk, should you need an official quotation.

      Kindest regards

      Marsden

      Reply
  • Allison Gill

    Please can you send me details and price. Many thanks

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  • Marc hudson
    Marc hudson 24/09/2018 at 5:26 pm

    Please could you email me a quote for these scales and when these will be available

    Thanks Marc

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    • Marsden

      Hi Marc

      Thank you for your interest! The Patient Transfer Scale is now available to buy. We can send a quotation - where are you based?

      Kindest regards

      Marsden

      Reply
  • Nicky Berry
    Nicky Berry 09/09/2018 at 8:44 am

    Can you let me know what the expected cost of this will be. Very interested in purchasing for NHS Borders.

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    • Marsden

      Hi Nicky

      We're very happy to hear that! The Patient Transfer Scale is now available to buy. You can see full details and price here:

      https://www.marsden-weighing.co.uk/index.php/m-999-patient-transfer-scale.html

      You can also email sales@marsdengroup.co.uk if you need an official quotation.

      Kindest regards

      Marsden

      Reply
  • Peter Kerr

    Stroke NUrse SPecilaist involved in thrombolysis in acute stroke.Dosage is weight dependent and and treatment is time dependent. Would be looking for an efficient weighing system for patients to facilitate treatment. I'm currently based at Queen Elizabeth UniversityHospital Acute Stroke Uniy in GLasgow

    Kind regards

    Peter

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