What is the Patient Transfer Scale?
The Patient Transfer Scale is a revolutionary way to weigh time critical or immobile patients in seconds. It is a transfer slide with in-built weighing scale, and means patients can be weighed during lateral transfer from trolley to bed, or bed to bed.
In 2021, the Patient Transfer Scale was awarded the Queen’s Award for Innovation – a highly sought after, prestigious award, which is the highest official accolade that a British business can be given.
What are the benefits of the Patient Transfer Scale?
Weighing a patient at the point they are admitted to hospital is made easier with the Patient Transfer Scale. In order to administer medication or treatment accurately, the patient needs to be weighed. However, with immobile patients this is not easy, with the only solutions being bed weighing scales or hoist scales, both of which can be cumbersome and time consuming.
Lateral transfer of a patient from trolley to bed or bed to bed is an already existing - and essential - procedure. Therefore, the Patient Transfer Scale allows you to get a weight reading for these patients without taking up any time.
This helps you to reduce door to needle times and meet targets, and medication or treatment can be administered faster and with confidence by healthcare professionals. It also means less stress for staff, less stress for the patient, and the patient can be weighed with dignity.
Why do you need an accurate weight for patients?
A patient’s weight can be critical to delivering the right care and treatment at the right time. Getting a weight reading is particularly important when medication or treatment needs to be administered fast; however, in many cases it is not easy to weigh the patient.
The more accurate the weight reading, the more accurate the drug dosage and the more effectively the patient can be treated. The Patient Transfer Scale means that weight readings never need to be estimated again - so better patient care and patient outcomes.
Gaining an accurate weight for a patient is required as part of the five MUST (Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool) steps, to identify adults who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition.
How is the Patient Transfer Scale used?
The Patient Transfer Scale, or PTS, can be used in the same way as a transfer board. Simply place the PTS across the trolley and bed, and move your patient across in line with your manual handling/patient transfer policies. You’ll just need to stop for 3-4 seconds as they pass over the PTS in order for the weight reading to register.
The Hold function can be used if required to stabilise the weight reading on the display. Watch the video above to see the PTS in action.
Where can I find out more?
You can find out more about the Patient Transfer Scale by speaking to the Marsden team on 01709 364 296 or message us here.Learn More
What is the M-600?
The Marsden M-600 is a MDD Approved and Class III Approved hoist weighing attachment, ideal for use in care homes and hospitals. Marsden hoist weighing attachments have a 200kg capacity and graduations to 100g.
What does MDD Approved mean?
If a device is MDD Approved it means that the device meets strict safety requirements which are enforced in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The Medical Devices Directive (MDD 93/42/EEC) is one of three directives which cover all medical equipment, used in diagnosis, prevention, monitoring or treatment.
It is a requirement for hoist weighing attachments to be MDD Approved, and Marsden manufactures the only MDD Approved hoist weighing attachments in the UK.
What does Class III Approved mean?
For medical weighing purposes, Class III Approved scales must be used.
When a medical weighing scale is Class III Approved, it means the scale has been built, tested, verified and calibrated to meet a certain standard. According to the NAWI directive, all scales ‘used in the determination of mass in the practice of medicine for the purpose of monitoring, diagnosis and medical treatment’ must be Class III Approved. An EU notified body rigorously tests these weighing scales to assure the user that they are accurate and reliable.
Who uses the M-600?
The M-600 is ideal for hoist weighing in hospitals and care homes, with a large indicator for easy weight readings by medical staff. Healthcare professionals nurses find the M-600’s features easy to use and mean getting a weight reading is quick and simple. A carry case is available for transporting the scale in the community.
Why should I choose the M-600?
The Marsden M-600 and M-605 are the only hoist weighing attachments that are legal for use in the UK, as these are MDD Approved.
The M-600 is easy to use. Simply clip the attachment onto a hoist with coat hanger spreader bars, switch the indicator on and weigh your patient. The scale has graduations of 100g and a capacity of 200kg.
With Hold, Tare and BMI functions these hoist scales are the perfect alternative weighing scale when floor, column or wheelchair scale cannot be used.
The scale has optional Bluetooth or Wifi connectivity for sending the patient weight data to a central database. For more information on hoist weighing scales, wireless connectivity and how to weigh patients who cannot stand, call 01709 364296 or contact us here.
The M-600 is covered by the Marsden 4 Year Warranty.Learn More
What is the M-605?
The Marsden M-605 is a Class III and MDD Approved hoist weighing attachment, designed for larger hoists that have coat hanger shaped spreader bars. The scale has a 200kg capacity and graduations are to 100g, and means bedbound patients or patients unable to walk can be weighed with a scale that simply clips to your hoist.
What does MDD Approved mean?
While a Class III Approved weighing scale is one required for medical use, an MDD Approved scale is one that is compliant with the Medical Devices Directive (MDD 93/42/EEC).
MDD Approved means that the device meets strict safety requirements which are enforced in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Three directives cover all medical equipment intended to be used to diagnose, prevent, monitor or treat, including the Medical Devices Directive (MDD 93/42/EEC).
It is a requirement for hoist weighing attachments to be MDD Approved, whilst it also provides an extra seal of quality and reliability for the user.
Who uses the M-605?
Hospitals and care homes use the M-605 hoist weighing scale for weighing patients who are unable to stand. With a 200kg capacity, this hoist weigher is ideal for larger patients, and large indicator means the weight reading is clear for the staff member undertaking the weighing. We recommend that weighing patients using a hoist scale is carried out by trained nurses.
Why should I choose the M-605?
As they are MDD Approved, the Marsden M-600 and M-605 are the only hoist weighing attachments that are legal for use in the UK. At 730mm wide, the M-605 is 10cm longer than the M-600, and the ideal hoist scale for use in care homes and the community.
The M-605 bariatric scale is easy to use - it simply clips onto your hoist and is ready to use. Hold, Tare and BMI functions along with a clear digital display make weighing patients easy. It’s also lightweight and portable, and is available with an optional carry case. Rechargeable battery power means no wires to the mains, and provides 55 hours of use between charges.
Optional wireless connectivity allows the scale to be connected to a patient database.
For more information and to order the Marsden M-605, or any Marsden medical scales, call 01709 364296 or contact us here.Learn More
What is the M-950?
The Marsden M-950 is an easy to use, portable bed weighing scale. It makes weighing bedbound patients straightforward and hassle free with no discomfort to the patient. It consists of four pads that can be simply placed under the wheels of the bed, meaning there’s no need to move the bed to another room for weighing. A trolley is provided for transporting the pads between rooms and wards. The M-950 is Class III Approved.
What is a Class III Approved scale?
A Class III Approved scale is built, tested, verified and calibrated to meet a specific standard, so that it is legal to monitor, treat and diagnose patients. All weighing scales used for this purpose must be Class III Approved.
All Class III Approved medical scales undergo rigorous testing by an EU notified body to ensure reliability and accuracy and repeatability of readings.
How can I accurately weigh bedridden patients?
If a patient is bedbound, obtaining a weight reading can be difficult; however, in many cases an accurate weight reading is vital for administering the correct drug dosages or treatment.
If you need to weigh a bedridden patient, this can be done with the M-950 with no discomfort to the patient. Simply place the four weighing pads next to each wheel, switch on the scale and roll the bed onto the pads. For a truly accurate weight reading for the patient, best practice is removing the weight of the bed from the reading by using the Tare/Preset Tare functions.
An additional benefit of the M-950 is that the trolley allows you to move the scale between rooms and wards easily, raking the scale to the patient rather than the other way around. Alternatively, if you are weighing bedridden patients in the community, the M-950 can be purchased with carry cases to transport the pads and indicator.
Who uses the M-950?
The M-950’s pads which can be positioned beneath the bed, mean that weighing can take place without the need to disturb bed bound patients. This is beneficial to a number of hospital wards and departments, particularly in palliative care and intensive care. The M-950 is also an easy to use scale for weighing care home patients.
Why should I choose the M-950?
Choose the M-950 if you need to weigh bedbound patients - and need a portable solution which can be moved between rooms, either by using the carry handles on each pad, the trolley or carry cases.
The pads are low profile, making this a bed weighing system suitable for almost any bed, and making it easy to push a bed onto the scale. The scale features Tare (for removing the weight of the bed from the display), Hold (to stabilise the weight reading on the display if the patient is moving) and BMI calculation functions.
The Marsden M-950 is made to order in our South Yorkshire factory - please contact us if you would like to find out about bespoke options available.
Ask about service and maintenance contracts for the M-950 by calling 01709 364296. The M-950 is covered by Marsden 4 Year Warranty.Learn More