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Patient Transfer Scale

Patient Transfer Scale

The Patient Transfer Scale is designed to address the needs of patients admitted to hospital who are either too sick to stand on scales or are immobile. Obtaining an accurate patient weight is critical for medication dosage, and the scale combines a standard patient transfer board with a class III approved weighing scale, enabling medication to be administered quickly for conditions like stroke and sepsis.

The product was an idea of Gillian Taylor, an Emergency Department Nurse at NHS Lanarkshire. It was developed with InnoScot Health and is manufactured by Marsdens.

The Patient Transfer Scale being used by nursing staff

Reducing Door to Needle Times

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 quickly.

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.

Gillian Taylor beside the Patient Transfer Scale

The Patient Transfer Scale (PTS) makes transfers from trolley to bed faster and easier, the measurement of weight more efficient, and with both patient and staff safety improved. I am proud to say that PTS helps save lives.

Gillian Taylor, Nurse Inventor


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