Monthly Archives: November 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.
Paediatric scales are designed for weighing infants. The Royal College of Paediatric s and Child Health has advised that all children between 2 and 18 should be weighed annually.
Since 1889 a platinum-iridium cylinder was made, which was to serve as a global standard for weighing: the kilogram.
Now, scientists have voted to change the way a kilogram is defined - from Le Grand K (as it is known), to a measure based on electric currents.
According to NICE guidelines, patients admitted to hospital should have “a weight on admission and then a weekly weight.”
However, many patients do not have an accurate weight recording.
A person loses 2 million nerve cells for every minute they don’t receive medical treatment during a stroke, according to Public Health Matters.
And as an accurate weight is vital in ensuring proper treatment is provided - weighing a stroke patient is one of the most vital tasks for thrombolysis.