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Using Weighing Scales for Therapeutic Blood Drawing Procedures

By Detecto | February 13, 2024

Therapeutic phlebotomy, a controlled blood removal process, is an effective treatment for various medical conditions including hemochromatosis, fatty liver disease, and polycythemia vera. This procedure aims to reduce blood volume, red cell mass, and iron levels in patients.

The use of a scale for this procedure is essential.


How are Scales used in Therapeutic Blood Drawing

Performed in a sterile medical setting, therapeutic phlebotomy involves careful monitoring of blood volume removed, with patients comfortably seated or reclined. A specialized blood collection bag, known as a venebag, is placed on a scale to ensure precise measurement of the blood drawn. The process starts with the application of a tourniquet, followed by needle insertion into the vein. The tourniquet is slightly loosened to facilitate blood flow into the venebag. Blood is collected steadily and slowly, ensuring the desired quantity is accurately met, typically within about fifteen minutes.

Scales play a crucial role in this procedure, ensuring patient safety and accurate measurement. They provide highly precise readings essential for data collection and management, and their design must accommodate easy cleaning for maintaining sterility in a medical environment.


Types of Scales Used in Therapeutic Blood Drawing

DETECTO offers a range of scales tailored for therapeutic phlebotomy.

The PT series features economical, user-friendly models with easily sterilized stainless steel platforms. These mechanical dial scales operate without power.

DETECTO WPS12DT is a more advanced option, provides digital precision, IP67 washdown protection, and a fully submersible stainless steel body for comprehensive cleaning.

Finally, The 420 series, ideal for laboratory use, boasts high precision (accuracy up to 10 milligrams), a stainless steel platform, multiple unit measurement options, and legal for trade certification.

Each of DETECTO's PT, WPS12DT, and 420 scale models offers unique features that cater to the diverse needs of hospitals and clinics performing therapeutic phlebotomy. They ensure the accuracy, sensitivity, and cleanliness required for a safe and efficient procedure, enhancing the patient care experience.


Click CHAT to talk with a CME expert about your scale requirements. As a nationally recognized medical equipment distributor we have built relationships with Detecto as well as many other industry leading manufacturers of medical equipment and devices. We can help you choose scales with the versatility to be used for several different weighing applications.


About Detecto: Detecto manufactures a wide variety of high-quality healthcare and commercial foodservice scales, including physician, wheelchair, bariatric, pediatric, and in-bed weighing. The company also manufactures medical carts, waste receptacles, glove box holders, and stadiometers. DETECTO's factory and headquarters is located in Webb City, Missouri, USA and the company has distributors in 110 countries and has shipped products into 150 countries around the world. The company is renowned for their vertical integration in manufacturing and has been known for quality since 1900. Shop more Detecto products.


About CME: CME Corp is the nation’s premier source for healthcare equipmentturnkey logistics, and biomedical services, representing 2 million+ products from more than 2,000 manufacturers. With two corporate offices and 35+ service centers, our mission is to help healthcare facilities nationwide reduce the cost of the equipment they purchase, make their equipment specification, delivery, installation, and maintenance processes more efficient, and help them seamlessly launch, renovate and expand on schedule.


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