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Why Healthcare Should Switch to Integrated Medical Scales

By CME Corp Staff | April 24, 2024

In the fast-paced and ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, the need for accurate physical examinations does not change. Physical examinations often include a variety of measurements essential for medical treatment decisions and protocols. Of these, weight measurement is one of the most critical. However, traditional weighing methods are manual processes that can lead to inaccuracies.

In response to this problem, hospitals and other medical facilities need to consider switching to integrated medical scales. These scales are a practical solution to a fundamental problem, promising not only consistent accuracy but, by extension, streamlined workflows and improved patient outcomes


This article explores the:

Importance of Accurate Weight Measurement

Accurate weight measurement is a cornerstone for quality patient care. In very simple terms, the weight of a patient often guides medical decision-making and treatment planning.

Here is why precise weight measurement is so important:

Medication Dosage – Many medications are prescribed based on a patient’s weight. An inaccurate weight can cause a dangerous overdose or result in a delay in response to treatment caused by under dosing.

Surgical Planning and Anesthesia – Precise weight is recorded prior to surgery to ensure the correct anesthesia dosage. As with other medications, an over or under dose can have dangerous consequences.

Fluid Management – An accurate baseline weight helps assess fluid retention or loss for patients with certain medical conditions. Detecting fluctuations early can help prevent complications in recovery or treatment.

Chronic Disease Management – Accurate weight measurements are essential for assessing the effectiveness of treatment and management of chronic diseases.

Challenges with Traditional Weight Measurement Scales

When it comes to traditional weight measurement scales, healthcare providers contend with challenges that hinder their ability to obtain or record accurate and reliable weight readings.

Here are some of the more common challenges:

Measurement Inconsistencies: Traditional scales can be prone to calibration or wear issues that can lead to unreliable weight readings.

Manual Data Entry: Recording weight measurements manually increases the risk of transposition or other data entry errors to the patient record.

Workflow Disruption: Manually recording weight measurement is time consuming and can disrupt clinical workflows, leading to delays in other patient care duties.

Limited Accessibility: Delays entering weight measurements to the patient record limits the accessibility of accurate data to staff caring for patients.

Limited Integration: Traditional electronic scales are not guaranteed to be compatible with electronic health record (EHR) systems or other integrated healthcare systems despite the digital technology.

What are Integrated Medical Scales

The term integrated scale defines weighing systems that can be seamlessly integrated with healthcare technology and systems such as EHRs. Integrated medial scales are designed specifically to accurately capture weight measurement data and automatically record the information in real-time so it is readily accessible to healthcare professionals. With their contribution to improved data management, and ultimately to patient outcomes, integrated digital scales are fast becoming an essential component of integrated healthcare delivery systems.

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Benefits of Integrated Medical Scales

While accurate and accurately recorded weight measurements are the biggest benefits of integrated medical scales there are several more advantages that bear examining.

Integrated medical scales contribute to improving patient care by:

Streamlining Workflow: The automation of weight measurement can streamline the process, reducing some of the administrative burdens on healthcare staff, and allowing them to focus more on their patients.

Improved Data Management: Integrated medical scales facilitate efficient data management by automatically synchronizing real time weight measurements with EHR systems. Synchronizing information in real time preserves the integrity of the data and ensures the most current data is available and accessible to healthcare professionals across the healthcare continuum.

Trend Analysis: The technology of integrated medical scales allows healthcare professionals to record patients’ weight over time. With access to historical data, trends can be identified, and clinically significant changes detected. Monitoring patients’ weight gives medical staff the “heads up” that a treatment may need to be adjusted before complications arise.

Patient Engagement: Some integrated medical scales are equipped with features that encourage patients to participate in conversations around their care. These features may include interactive displays and educational content.

Cost Effectiveness: While there may be costs associated with procuring and installing integrated medical scales there are long-term cost savings. Improved efficiency, fewer errors, and improved patient experiences can all lead to positive patient outcomes. And positive patient outcomes save healthcare facilities money.

The challenges associated with taking and recording accurate weight measurements with traditional scales and the rapidly evolving continuum of care landscape underscore the need for healthcare facilities, from acute care hospitals to preventative care clinics and medical specialists, to explore the benefits of integrated medical scales.


CME is Your Partner for Integrated Medical Scales

Branded CME Corp LogoIntegrated medical scales are available a range of sizes and styles to accommodate the diversity of patients’ ages, stature, and mobility needs. While not an insurmountable, the time-consuming task of choosing the best integrated medical scale for your facility and budget is made easier when you partner with the medical equipment experts at CME.

With a focus solely on medical equipment, we have established relationships with the most reputable integrated medical scale manufactures in the industry. Our deep knowledge of the scales manufactured by these companies allows us to recommend the most useful features and the right model for your needs.

In addition to providing expert help selecting the best integrated medical scale for your needs and budget, CME Corp. is the only medical equipment distributor to offer logistics, direct-to-site, and biomedical services to help streamline the procurement process.

Our Logistics and Direct-To-Site service teams can receive, inspect, assemble (as needed), and warehouse your integrated scales prior to delivery. On your schedule we will then deliver and install your integrated medical scales, so they are immediately ready for use.

Inspecting and testing new equipment can drain the resources of a healthcare facility’s biomed team and delay the installation of new integrated scales.

Biomedical services have been at the heart of CME for over 40 years. With this expert experience we are ready to support your biomed team to ensure your integrated medical scales are installed, tested, and ready for service.

Our BMETs can also work with your facility to establish equipment maintenance and repair plans focused on ensuring the reliability of your integrated medical scales and compliance with applicable regulations.

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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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