Scales for the Medical Industry

stethoscopeIndustry Maintaining a patient’s health history includes monitoring their weight.Unintentional weight loss is a matter of concern both for the patient and the physician.We often see unintentional weight loss in the elderly, wheelchair bound or others and it is typically related to their emotional state. Perhaps they are depressed, lonely, sad, grieving or anxious. Weighing them throughout their care and detecting weight loss before it becomes a real issue allows for discussion or therapy to relieve their concerns. For some wheelchair bound patients, the unintentional weight loss can signify some forms of cancer: colon, ovarian, stomach and pancreatic.

For others, the weight loss can indicate chronic liver disease, COPD, chronic kidney failure, dementia, heart failure, hepatitis, HIV, hypothyroidism, pregnancy in the first trimester, and use of street drugs. The amount of information that unintentional weight loss can give to the practitioner of wheelchair bound patients is significant and ofttimes, the first indicating factor of an underlying illness. Having the proper piece of weighing equipment in your facility that is consistently accurate, durable, and that makes it easy to maneuver the patient on and off the scale’s platform makes everyone’s job that much easier.

A Solid Option

Purchasing a wheelchair scale for your facility is no easy task. There are quite a few factors to take into consideration, not the least of which is the price.One of the key factors in making a long term investment is the guarantee that the scale can handle the tremendous weight capacity that will be put upon it daily. The determining factor of a scale’s operation is the load cell. How it is placed and what material it is composed of, will impact the life of the scale. When scale manufacturers are looking to cut costs, they inevitably use aluminum load cells. Arlyn Scales Model 320-WC houses the finest grade of industrial stainless steel load cells that are machine pocketed in the underbelly of a rust-free welded aluminum frame.

Our methodology yields protection for the scale from accidents that could end in shock and overload damage. With an aluminum load cell, there are going to be inconsistences in the weight readings and there will be no indication of error. We can’t make this point clear enough. It is best to purchase a heavy-duty wheel chair scale such as Arlyn Scales Model 320-WC that is built to withstand the rigors of wheelchair weighing.The other feature that sets this wheelchair scale apart is the durable grab bar. In the event that the patient is more comfortable holding on or standing, the sturdy grab bar will provide support.

Safety First

Arlyn Scales designs and manufactures our own subassemblies and scales in our New York based factory. We know what it takes to provide safety elements in our scales and do so by integrating a rubber non-slip surface mat on this scaleÕs platform as well as built-in entrance and exit ramps.

Special Platform Construction

Because of the way we place the load cells inside the welded frame, the platform has an exceedingly low profile. With dimensions of thirty inches by thirty-two inches, this platform is made to handle the rugged expectations of a wheelchair scale. Additionally the low profile lends itself to the patient being totally comfortable while being wheeled on and off the scale’s platform. Keeping the patients and the medical staff calm, cool, collected and safe while using a wheelchair scale is imperative.

Top Performance

It takes ingenuity and technical ability to incorporate the functions that are inherent in this scale. The tare memory can recall the wheelchair weights of hundreds of models. Additionally, we’ve incorporated motion compensation, which helps to determine the accurate weight of patients who have a hard time keeping still.

Space Saver

This scale is designed to fold and to be wheeled in order to store or transport easily. The platform is designed with hinges and castors so that the entire platform can be lifted onto its side. The post folds down as well. This scale is lightweight and has an internal battery making it the ultimate portable wheelchair scale.

Technological Capabilities

For facilities that utilize an electronic medical record system, weight results can be communicated with a Bluetooth communications system.If a computer is the method of choice, we provide optional USB or Ethernet interfaces. The scale can be connected for data collection purposes. Our Remote Indicator software, which is a Windows based application, can export weight data into Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. The easy to read one-inch digits on the scale’s indicator will be much appreciated in the medical setting and the reading will remain on the display, even after the wheelchair is rolled off.

Cost Benefits

Because we manufacture our own equipment, inside and out, we can price this high-end model at nearly a fifty percent savings of other comparable units. With an Arlyn Scale you know exactly what you are getting: a guaranteed top of the line scale well below market price.And because we manufacture and distribute our own scales, costs are kept low during shipping because there is no middleman to drive up prices. Additionally, due to the fold down capabilities of these particular scales, they can be shipped via parcel post or US mail in lieu of independent trucking.Arlyn Scales has been manufacturing scales and subassemblies for over thirty years. Our client’s feedback is always welcome and is integrated into our design processes. Providing the very best scales for the medical industry is our goal and one that we have achieved with our 320-WC model. Because we have eliminated the middleman, our prices make purchasing an Arlyn Scale a viable option.

Our knowledgeable staff is at the ready to answer any of your questions and to guide you towards a scale that will provide years of trouble free service. For a rugged, durable, portable and highly accurate scale for your facility, contact us today! We can be reached through our convenient online form on or by phone at (800) 645-4301.