Weighing instruments in the health care sector
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The weight of a patient plays a central role in medicine across all specialties. In diabetology, cardiology, nephrology, pediatric and geriatric infirmaries or in intensive care medicine, a patient's weight and height belong to the essential values that medical staff use to make diagnoses, prescribe therapies and monitor progress. Medical scales are among the most commonly available and used medical devices in hospitals.
Why are accurate and reliable scales so important in the medical environment?
In a private setting, it does hardly matter whether one kilo more or less appears on the scale. However, in the medical environment knowing a patient's exact weight is of great importance when determining the nutritional and health status of sometimes severely weakened patients. When it comes to prescribing individual medication, defining the dosage of anesthetics or initiating health- and life-sustaining measures, every gram on the scale can be crucial.
Today, medical scales provide information that is important for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Accurately determined body weight is the basis for calculating tidal volume, which is used to adjust ventilators. Furthermore, weight is crucial for dosing anesthetics and blood pressure medications for ventilated patients with severe and critical courses of disease.
What are the innovations in the field of medical scales?
With growing digitalisation, it is no longer just critical that scales measure weight accurately. Innovative scales are capable of connecting with other medical measuring systems, (e.g. vital data monitors, length measuring devices or systems for measuring body composition) and transmit all parameters directly to the digital patient record or EMR system. This saves time, increases efficiency, and gives doctors and medical staff more time to cater to their patients. Furthermore, patient safety increases, as errors during manual transmission are prevented.