Every trip to the doctor includes that inevitable meeting between you and the scale. Monitoring the patient’s size and weight is an important practice. Weight is an indicator of overall health, and sudden weight losses or gains could be an indicator of a larger problem. Even the smallest weight fluctuation in an infant can signal a health issue. Whether you are outfitting a small family practice or a large medical facility, medical scales are important to the practice of medicine. They can aid you in measurements from . 0002 lbs to 1000 lbs or more. There have been great advancements in the technology of measuring scales, and your office may need an equipment update. Below are some tips to think about when considering a medical scale purchase
What do you need the scales for?
There are many different types of scales. There are baby weight scales, wheelchair scales, and mechanical scales, large and small scales. The use of the scale will determine the fabrication. Scales that will hold larger weights should be reinforced internally with aluminum or other metal, allowing them to absorb more weight and shock and last longer than scales that are not reinforced. The function of the scale will determine the type of scale you need. Scales will weigh more than patients; they will also weigh mechanical equipment and devices. Medical scales can make measurements as small as body fat calculations, or as large as a bedridden patient’s weight without removing them from the bed. If you’re examining a wheelchair scale, make sure that the platform is low to the ground and easily accessed by a patient in a wheelchair. Most wheelchair scales have side barriers as extra safety precautions.
What kind of technology do you want your scale to have?
Most scales have a digital display. Make sure your digital display is easily legible. The better scales have graphic interfaces that display large numbers (the industry average is about 1 inch tall per graphic.) This enhances accuracy in your data keeper’s records. You can also purchase software for your scale that works with your office’s network to effectively store the recorded information from the scales. Your office will benefit greatly from this technology, as it enhances efficiency and availability of information, and it is also a greener, more environmentally friendly option to storing patient details
What specific features should you look for in a scale?
Water resistance is an important feature in most scales. You want the sensors to be insulated from any kind of damage that may occur. Whether the scale is exposed to elements or a mistake leaves them susceptible to moisture, you want to ensure that the digital sensors and interface will still work
Look for a scale manufacturer that specializes in precision and quality. The scale should be durable, versatile, and worth your investment. Thoroughly research the scales and their attributes, thinking about your specific needs and you won’t be disappointed after your purchase.