The M-250 Chair Scale with Lift Assist: Another Marsden world-first arrives

Our brand new chair scale with lift assist, the Marsden M-250, has arrived.

Two years in the making, the M-250 will be officially launched at Medica in Dusseldorf, Germany next week. You can read everything you need to know, and see the M-250 in action, in this blog post.

The evolution of the chair scale

Weighing patients using a chair scale - a wheelchair with built-in weighing scale - is not a new concept. For many years chair scales have been used for weighing patients who cannot stand or have limited mobility. However, like a standard wheelchair, the greatest effort when it comes to use is getting a patient into, and out of,the seat. This requires two members of staff and, depending on the size and mobility of the patient, a good amount of effort.

M-250 Introduction

Why the Marsden M-250 changes things

Marsden’s new chair scale has been in development for over two years. The idea was simple: in answer to the problem we heard from many customers, our mission was to create a chair scale that provided assistance in lifting a patient or resident out of the seat.

And here it is: The M-250 Chair Scale with Lift Assist. Accurate to 100g, with a capacity of 250kg, this premium, high accuracy chair scale will help care staff with weighing patients.

The lifting seat is operated by a handheld remote control, and provides a smooth, steady movement for maximum patient comfort. Watch the video below to see it in action.

The indicator is our standard DP-3810, fitted to our most premium weighing scales. This also means a printer can be ordered and connected to the scale for hard copies of weight results.

Another world-first weighing scale

Marsden sells hundreds of chair scales every year. This places us in a very convenient position: we speak to many care homes, nursing homes and hospitals every day, and we’re lucky enough to receive feedback on what customers really need.Despite the number of customers asking for something that provides the benefits of the M-250, we believe it’s another world-first from Marsden, following on from the Patient Transfer Scale.

Why is ‘posterior tilt’ needed?

Customers told us that they needed something that helped with moving patients into and out of a chair scale. This was for three reasons.

Firstly, it reduced the effort required by staff. Lifting a patient out of a chair scale, particularly larger patients, can over time lead to back injuries, even when two members of staff are sharing the lifting.

Secondly, for the patient, it reduces the stress of being weighed. The slow, smooth movement of the seat means that rising to a standing position is more comfortable and at a controlled speed. A clinical study carried out in 2007 also found that ‘posterior tilt’ can reduce pressures at the interface under the pelvis (for individuals with neurological and neuromuscular impairment).

Thirdly, in many circumstances a ‘lift assist’ could mean only one member of staff is required for the lifting process, rather than two. This means hospitals, care homes and nursing homes could save time and money and even streamline weighing processes, particularly if weighing of immobile patients or patients with limited mobility is a regular procedure.

When moving a patient so that they can be weighed in a chair scale, it is essential that moving and handling policies are observed.

When can I order my M-250?

The Marsden M-250 will be officially unveiled at Medica next week.

If you’re attending, you’ll be able to see the M-250 working, try it for yourself and find out full pricing information.

You can place an order for your M-250 from today - simply go to the product listing here. First orders will be delivered late January 2020.For more information, contact the Marsden team here.

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