There is a “need for guidelines on pregnancy weight gain in the UK,” and it is “a real concern some midwives do not have access to weighing scales”, according to the Royal College of Midwives, reported in the Times and the Guardian this morning.
The latest study into pregnancy weight by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, published here, said gaining too much weight during pregnancy could put the future offspring at an increased risk of insulin resistance, and affect their blood pressure in childhood. In previous studies, unhealthy weight gain during pregnancy has been linked to various problems relating to the size of the baby and the delivery.
Marsden scales have found their way into countless numbers of places over the years. They are now found in most NHS hospitals, as well as a number of leading organisations in British and overseas industry.
And every so often they pop up on television, too. Last week the B-100 Bench Scale, our best-selling stainless steel scale, made an appearance on BBC One’s Celebrity Masterchef. But this isn’t the first time Marsden scales have been televised - we take a look at some of our TV appearances in recent years.
Trade Approved scales are used in a wide range of industries. When price is based on weight it is a legal requirement that the scale used is Trade Approved.
A failure to use Trade Approved scales for this purpose means your business can incur heavy fines. Craig Fisher from Trading Standards told a recent Marsden white paper: “The fines can be level 3 - which means in excess of £1000 - for matters in relation to inappropriate use, manner of erection of equipment etc. But for all other matters it would be an unlimited fine.”
“Britain is losing its battle against the bulge”, the Express claimed last year about the UK obesity crisis.
Fighting obesity currently costs the NHS £1bn per year - with treating Type 2 diabetes and complications causing costs of £10bn per year. It has prompted Professor Melanie Davies, an international expert on Type 2 to say: “Unless we change our thinking the condition is going to overwhelm the NHS.” Chris Chapman, founder of GlucoRx said: “The cost of obesity and its consequences threaten to engulf the NHS.”
Last week, we told you of an exciting new project Marsden has been working on - this week the Patient Transfer Scale was introduced at the Herald Intrapreneurial Conference, which showcases innovation.
The Patient Transfer Scale is designed to accurately weigh immobile patients when traditional weighing scales are unsuitable. Medication must be administered quickly for conditions like stroke and sepsis, and obtaining an accurate patient weight is critical for this dosage.
Since 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?
Next month, Lucy Pheiffer from Oxfordshire is cycling over 500km across Zambia, to raise money for two Malawi villages desperately in need of clean water and sanitary facilities.
But what inspired Lucy to commit herself to raising money for this cause - and how did Marsden get involved?
Waterproof scales are essential in many industries, and using a waterproof scale brings many benefits.
An IP68 rated scale is a fully waterproof scale. These scales can be fully soaked and survive in the most punishing of environments.
Stainless steel and waterproof scales command a higher price than standard weighing scales, but the benefits you’ll see are worth it. Here are five reasons why you need to be using waterproof weighing scales.