Today we officially launch the Patient Transfer Scale!
This entry was posted on 30/11/2018.
The Patient Transfer Scale is officially launched today, at a small but significant event at Kirklands Hospital, Bothwell, Glasgow, Scotland.
The PTS is the first scale of its kind in the world. It means that immobile patients can be weighed faster and with greater dignity - as existing methods can be time consuming and cumbersome. We believe the scale will ‘revolutionise’ patient care.
About the Patient Transfer Scale launch
The PTS launch event will be attended by members of NHS Scotland, Scottish Health Innovations Limited (SHIL) and the press.
PTS inventor Gillian Taylor, a former NHS nurse, will explain the story behind the scale (which you can read here) and delegates will see the scale in action.
Who is the PTS for?
The PTS is designed to aid hospitals in weighing patients who are time critical or immobile.
NICE guidelines (2006) state patients admitted to hospitals should have “a weight on admission and then a weekly weight”. However, many hospital patients admitted are not being weighed – simply because there is no time to, or because no suitable scales are available.
The Patient Transfer Scale is suitable for use in Emergency departments, ICU, HDU, stroke, cardiac, spinal, renal and x-ray.
Through weighing a patient as they are transferred from a trolley to a bed, it can save time as part of an existing process.
When is the Patient Transfer Scale available?
The PTS is available to pre-order now, with deliveries from the end of next month.
It was recently showcased at Medica - the largest trade fair in the medical industry - leading to interest in the scale from all around the world.
The scale has also featured in a range of national newspapers and industry publications. Nursing Times, described inventor Gillian as a ‘hero’ for coming up with the idea. You can read more about this coverage here, and read reaction to the scale from across the NHS.
For information on the risks of inaccurately weighing immobile patients, click here.
Order the PTS here, or call 01709 364296 for more information.