Bariatric & Hoist Scales

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What is a bariatric scale?

A bariatric scale is a high capacity weighing scale designed to accommodate larger patients. Typically, they feature a large platform and high weighing capacity. For medical use, bariatric scales must be Class III Approved.

Marsden bariatric scales are available in capacities of upto 500kg and there are options for patients who can stand, can stand with support and those who are unable to stand.


What is a hoist scale?

A hoist scale is a weighing scale that attaches to a hoist, and allows a patient to be weighed when they are being lifted by the hoist.

Marsden’s portable hoist weighing attachments are suitable for use on most types of hoists for weighing large or bedridden patients. Marsden bariatric scales and hoist scales are Class III Approved.

Since 2015, the MHRA has stipulated that all hoist weighing attachments are Medical Devices Directive (MDD) Approved. The M-600 and M-605 manufactured by Marsden are MDD Approved and therefore the only hoist weighing attachments legal for use in the UK.


What are Class III Approved scales?

Class III Approved scales are weighing scales that have been built, tested, verified and calibrated to a specific standard. The Non-Automatic Weighing Instruments (NAWI) directive states that ‘all scales used in the determination of mass in the practice of medicine patients for the purpose of monitoring, diagnosis and medical treatment’ must be Class III Approved.

All Marsden professional medical scales are Class III Approved.


How do I know which bariatric or hoist scale to choose?

The bariatric or hoist scale required depends on the patient’s needs. If they are able to stand, a floor scale may be suitable - Marsden bariatric scales with handrails provide extra patient support.

If they need to be seated when weighing, take a look at the chair scale and wheelchair scale options. If they are bedbound, a hoist scale may be more appropriate. You can find out more about how to weigh a patient who can’t stand here.

With high capacities - up to 500kg - Marsden bariatric scales can cater for seated patients or wheelchair users. The Marsden M-650 range can accommodate almost every size of wheelchair. The M-651 features an indicator column; the M-652 and M-653 feature handrails so are also suitable for patients who can stand, but need support.

With hoist scales, weight is measured by a downward force exerted onto them. The Marsden M-600 and M-605 hoist weighing attachments fit to a hoist via the links on the scale and the hooks on the spreader bar of the hoist. The sling can then be added to the bottom of the scale. Both these scales are portable and can be moved from hoist to hoist weigh patients.

All Marsden professional medical scales are available with a four year warranty.


Where can I find out more?

Marsden is the largest supplier of medical scales to NHS hospitals. You can view each product by clicking above. Find out more information about any Marsden bariatric scales and hoist scales by calling 01709 364296 or contact us here.