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Portable Mother Baby Scales for Visiting Nurses and Parent Outreach Programs

by Barbara 30. August 2013 07:22

Question about mother baby scales for parent outreach programs.

Q: "What mother baby scales do you recommend for portability and accuracy? We do outreach to new parents through a program at our school. We need a scale that weighs up to 300 lbs." Sue

Answer: There are two Seca scales which were made primarily for your purpose. The first is the Seca 874, which has a 440 lb. capacity.. The second is the Seca 876 with a 550 lb. capacity. There are two scale bags available to transport these scales. The slim lightweight Seca 515 is a flat bag with a shoulder strap. The Seca 414 is a padded suitcase like bag.

Here are some specifications for the Seca 874.

Seca 874 Flat Scale for Mobile Use Has TARE for Mom/Child Weighing

The new Seca 874 digital floor scale is a compact personal weighing scale capable of determining the weight of a child held by its mother with the convenient Mother/Child function. This is a portable medical scale that is unaffected by humidity levels.The Seca 874 features extremely robust construction and easy-to-use design with long-life batteries. The scale is so simple that you need only the tip of your toes to operate it.

Great Stability: The Seca 874 is very light at only 3.8 kg, but also very tough. Reinforced by steel elements in the frame, the scale also boasts a top-quality ribbed surface, extra-strength two-component ABS plastic and Plexiglas. Small children and adults up to 200 kg can be weighed accurately. Especially large leveling bases keep the scale stable on any type of flooring.

Simple Operation: When conducting one examination after the other, no need to bend over repeatedly. Two push buttons on the Seca 874 can be turned on and off with a toe tap. Easy to transport with the built in integrated handle and includes a scale carrier bag of feather-light nylon.

Special mention should be made of the double display that lets the patient and medical personnel read the results from two different directions at the same time. Thanks to a protected toggle switch and a manual power switch, which prevents unintended activation during transport the function of the scale is always ensured even under difficult conditions.

Seca 874 digital floor scale features :
  • Replaces the Seca 872, 880 & Seca 881 Scales
  • Speedy determination of weight of babies and toddlers with the mother/child function.
  • Easy to transport due to compact design, integrated handle and transport case.
  • Low-maintenance due to low power consumption.
  • Both doctor and patient can see the result at the same time in the double display.
  • Non-slip rubber mat and controllable tap-on automatic switch-on.
  • Mother/child function for safe infant weighing
  • A water-repellent carrier bag is included.
  • The flat design and slip-proof surface ensure easy access and a secure stance.
  • The large leveling bases on the bottom ensure stability on any type of flooring.
  • Double display for readout from different positions.
  • Two push buttons for effortless operation with the foot.

Seca 874 digital floor scale specifications :

  • Capacity: 440 lbs / 200 kg
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.5 x 2.25 x 12.25 inches
  • Graduation: 50 g < 150 kg > 100 g /
    0.1 lbs < 330 lbs > 0.2 lbs
  • Power supply: 4 AA batteries
  • Functions: TARE, HOLD, automatic/manual switch-off, mother/child function.
  • Weight: 8.4 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 Years manufacturer warranty.

The Seca 876 has a higher weight capacity. Here are specifications and information on this scale.

The Seca 876 Flat Scale with Integrated Display is a heavy duty professional scale with a large 550 pound capacity. The compact Seca 876 flat scale weighs in at less than 4 kilograms. This scale is nevertheless very stable and suitable for persons weighing up to 250 kilograms. It stands firmly on four leveling bases that guarantee stability, even when small children are weighed while held by an adult. The mother/child-function ascertains the tare of the weight with just the touch of a button. Its light weight makes it ideal for portable use.

Seca 876 Flat Scale with Integrated Display Features:
  • Easy to transport – scale itself weighs only 3.6 kg.
  • Scales intended for mobile use have to be lightweight
  • Suitable for persons weighing up to 250 kilograms
  • Stable low-profile platform for easy step up
  • Large leveling base for high stability
  • Tip-on Automatic switch-on
  • Automatic switch-off
  • Auto-HOLD
  • Mother/Child-function for trouble-free weighing of small children
  • Pounds to Kilograms switch-over
  • Battery power for sites without electrical outlets
Seca 876 Flat Scale with Integrated Display Specifications:
  • Capacity: 550 lbs
  • Graduation: 0.2 lbs < 330 lbs > 0.5 lbs
  • Product Dimensions (W x H x D): 12.3" x 2.3" x 12.4"
  • Product Weight: 9.3 lbs
  • Power supply: Batteries
  • Warranty: 2 year warranty

Either scale would meet your needs.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

 

AmCells and Befour, USA Made Medical Scales for Health Facilities, Gyms and More

by Barbara 2. July 2012 11:13

Question about American Made weighing scales for hospital use.

Q: "Which brands of weighing scales do you sell that are made in the USA? We prefer USA made scales. We need accurate medical scales for use in our chain of nursing homes. Thanks. Tom"

Answer:

We sell AmCells, Befour, HealthOMeter, Medline and Seca. Of these brands, only AmCells and Befour scales are made in the USA.

AmCells scales, made in California, are calibrated just prior to shipping to customers.

The AmCells Wheelchair, Bariatric or Shipping Scale With Wheels is one of the more popular scales for nursing homes and hospitals where patients are often wheelchair bound. This medical scale is also used for obese patients who need not only a large capacity weight scale but also a large easily accessed platform.

  • TARE function means you can subtract the wheelchair weight.
  • Folding: Moves easily on two urethane precision wheels.
  • Aluminum diamond polished deck is over-sized with ramped sides: wheelchairs are easily pushed onto the scale from either side.
  • Rail mounted LED weight display with printer interface is 39 inches high
  • Weights in lbs or kg, up to 800 lbs or 360 kg
  • Weighing accuracy: graduation of 0.2 lbs (0.1 kg)
  • Weight read-out display folds into the scale to prevent damage when transporting.
  • Functions include: pounds to kilograms conversion,ON/OFF, HOLD, ZERO, and PRINT buttons.
  • Power: AC adapter (included)
  • Print function allows printing to ticket printers, slip printers
  • Display Indicator:s elevated by a sturdy bar for easy access and convenience.
  • Materials: high quality aluminum alloy steel and stainless steel.
  • Physical Dimensions of Scale: Folded 3/4 inches High x 40 Inches Wide by 38 inches long.
  • Calibration: factory calibrated prior to shipment.
  • AmCells uses high quality.Made in USA load cells that maintain scale accuracy over time. 1 Year Warranty: The manufacturer warrants that this product is free from defects in material and workmanship. Repair or replacement will be issued for any product which is found defective under the terms of this warranty. Safe Home assists with warranty issues within 30 days of sale.

An example of a sturdy digital scale with a large platform is the AmCells Platform Electronic Scale weighs persons up to 750 lb and has a 20 inch x 16 inch base We recommend that grab bars be mounted on a solid wall so that persons can safely get on and off the scale. This weighing scale also comes in a remote read model and in models with smaller scale bases. The lower the weight capacity the higher the accuracy of the scale.

All the AmCells Medical Scales of this series share these features:

  • Sturdy all metal scale
  • Electronic weight scale
  • Post mounted digital weight read out.
  • Affordable for use as a medical scale, physician scale, fitness club scale or even a bathroom scale.
  • Rugged enough for use as a heavy duty sports scale for football, wrestling, sports gyms and more.
  • Stainless steel scale top design, easily removable for cleaning.
  • Remote indicator display. The one piece membrane keypad is mounted in a separate aluminum box.
  • The digital scale display connects to the platform via a 6' cable.
  • The weight display mounts on a 40" high post.
  • Large (1" height) red LED 6 digit display.
  • Push button zero with automatic zero tracking.
  • Full range, separate LED Tare indicator.
  • Self diagnostics at power up for circuitry and display segments
  • Auto off
  • Lb/Kg conversion
  • High Accuracy: 5000 Counts
  • Leveling Feet: Bubble levels built in with 4 adjustable feet.
  • Counting function and works for inventory as well.
  • Check weighing
  • RS-232 scoreboard function: can connect to a printer, remote read-out or a large score board. Use with a RS-232 to USB adapter if required. all computers have printer ports.
  • Power Supply: AC/DC Adapter (included). Optional power: rechargeable nickel cadmium batteries or 6 AA dry cells
  • Net Weight: 28 lbs.
  • Option: Scale carrying bag. Place for pole, clip board and scale.
  • Limited one year manufacturer's warranty on instruments.
  • Made in USA.
  • Dimensions:  Platform: 20"(L) x 16"(W) x 4"(H),Post: 40" high,Remote Indicator: 10.75"(L) x 4"(W) x 5" tilted in stand,  Indicator Cable: 6'  
  • Accuracy        PS1612-500: +/- 0.1 lb/0.05 Kg
  •                     PS2016-750: +/- 0.15 lb/0.1 Kg
  •                     PS2420-1000: +/- 0.15 lb/0.1 Kg
  •                     PS2424-1000: +/- 0.15 lb/0.1 Kg

Befour Scales are also manufactured in the USA. The Befour PS-6600 Take-A-Weigh Scale 500 Lb Capacity is a popular scale for nursing homes, hospitals, rehab center, etc. because it is easily moved from place to place and isa mere 1.5 inches off the floor.

Befour PS-6600 Specifications:

  • Capacity: 500 lbs. (225 kg.).
  • Accuracy: ±0.1 lb. (±0.1 kg.).
  • Platform Size: 18" x 16" x 1.5".
  • Scale Weight: 13 lbs.
  • Readout Display: ¾" LED.
  • Power Source: Rechargeable battery or 120V AC.
  • Turn-Off Condition: 4 minutes of no use.
  • Construction: Aluminum.
  • Portability: Easily carried.
  • Warranty: 3 year limited manufacturer's.
  • Made in the USA. 

Another popular option when you need portability and a high capacity accurate medical scale is the Befour PS-7700 Pro BMI Digital Flat Scale, 900 lb. which features twin weight scale modes: standard mode and "assistant mode." The standard mode lets the user input height: Body Mass Index is displayed along with the weight. For greater convenience an "assistant mode" allows a fitness trainer or health professional to enter a person's height before weighing; this eliminates any need to access the keypad while the client is standing on the scale.

PS-7700 Pro-BMI Portable Digital Bariatric Platform Scale by Befour Features:

  • Easy-to-use Pro-BMI Body Mass Index calculation.
  • Stability Sensing Technology (SST) will display an accurate weight after 7 seconds for unsteady users.
  • Push-button calibration with any sure weight over 100 lbs. No tools are needed!
  • Low-profile platform sits just 2" off the ground.
  • Pro-BMI Features: Normal Operation: Standard for health clubs and locker rooms, simply follow instruction on console.
  • Assistant Mode: Fitness trainer or health professional can enter a person's height before they step on the scale.
  • Clothing Deduction: Program a clothing weight deduction from 0.0-6.0 lbs. to accurately calculate BMI.
  • Readout Console Features: Simple 5-button operation.
  • BMI calculation.
  • Pound/kilogram readings.
  • Programmable Auto-off.
  • Last weight recall. I
  • Instability Auto-Averaging.
  • Battery life indicators.
  • Capacity: 900 lbs. (405 kg.)
  • Accuracy: ±0.1 lb. (±0.1 kg.).
  • Platform Size: 24" x 20" x 2"
  • Scale Weight: 21 lbs.
  • Readout Display: 1" LED.
  • Dual Power Source: 6 C-cell batteries or 120V AC.
  • Turn-Off Condition: 12 sec. to 25 min.
  • BMI Calculation: Yes.
  • Construction: All-Metal.
  • Portability: Carry.
  • Warranty: 3 year limited manufacturer's.
  • Made in the USA.

See our website SafeHomeProducts.com for additional scales. For example, the Amcells Scale selection includes scales that fit into "scale pits", scales with remote read and scales with read-outs on the scales themselves. Carrying cases are available for both Amcells and Befour Scales.

Thanks for your question. Contact us at sales@safehomeproducts.com or 877-358-0900 if you have more questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Amcells WHS-800 Electronic Shipping Scale for Larger Items or Wheelchair Scale MADE IN USA

by Barbara 25. March 2011 08:00

Question about portable shipping scales with TARE for larger heavier items.

Q: "We own a business that ships larger packages that are difficult to put on a standard sized shipping scale. Some products are so heavy that we load them onto dollys. Is there an American made scale with a TARE function and a large platform so we can wheel the product/box onto the platform without removing it from the dolly." Thanks. Tom

Answer: What you need to purchase is the AmCells Wheelchair, Bariatric and Shipping Scale Folds. You can easily move the dolly onto the platform and push it off the other side when your weighing is completed. Ramped sides make this easy. The weight limit is 800 lbs with accuracy of 0.2 lbs. Amcells scales are known for reliability both in operation and in calibration. Buy American is my advice. 

The Amcells WHS-800 has these features:

  • Aluminum diamond polished deck with ramped sides
  • Over-sized platform: 40 inches by 30 inches
  • Rail Mounted easy-to-read digital display with printer interface
  • Rail height for digital display: 39 inches. Note this rail assists in the portability of the scale. It is NOT as a stability grip
  • Weight capacity: 800 lbs (360 kg)
  • Accuracy: graduation of 0.2 lbs (0.1 kg)
  • Pounds to kilograms conversion
  • Functions: ON/OFF, HOLD, ZERO, and PRINT buttons.
  • Power: AC adapter (included)
  • Print function allows printing to ticket printers, slip printers
  • Display Indicator:s elevated by a sturdy bar for easy access and convenience.
  • Materials: high quality aluminum alloy steel and stainless steel.
  • Physical Dimensions of Scale: Folded 3/4 inches High x 40 Inches Wide by 38 inches long.
  • Calibration: factory calibrated prior to shipment.
  • AmCells uses high quality Made in USA load cells that maintain scale accuracy over time.
  • 1 Year Warranty: The manufacturer warrants that this product is free from defects in material and workmanship. Repair or replacement will be issued for any product which is found defective under the terms of this warranty. Safe Home assists with warranty issues within 30 days of sale.

With the TARE function, you can get an accurate weight for your shipment that is oversized. If you use UPS, you can enter both the weight and the box dimensions manually into the UPS program and get accurate shipping costs.

When you are done with shipping, you can fold the scale and store it or leave it in place for the next business day. The scale is easily moved in warehouse situations since it folds and rolls on two tough urethane wheels.

We have other Amcells, Seca, Healthometer, Befour, etc. scales. However, none of these offer the same options as the Amcells WHS-800.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

 

Are All Brands of Arm Blood Pressure Cuffs Sized the Same? How Do I Get the Right Size for Me?

by Barbara 16. August 2009 05:56

Question about blood pressure sizing for major blood pressure monitor brands such as Omron,MDF Instruments, Lumiscope, etc.

Q: "How are blood pressure cuffs sized? I see them advertised for adult and large adult arms, etc. but rarely do you see what that means.  I am looking for an arm blood pressure monitor that will fit an arm that is 16 inches around. I also would like to be able to take my 12 year old daughter's blood pressure. I could purchase an automatic unit or a manual inflation unit as I have a stethoscope. Can you help me with the sizes of the cuffs? Thanks. Robert"

Answer:  If you've measured correctly, your arm fits in the large adult size cuff for most brands. Your choices: buy a monitor with the correct sized cuff or choose the correct sized cuff and then match to a monitor, your best choice if you choose to go with a manual blood pressure monitor.

Your question is one that we've been asked many times. Each manufacturer's cuff sizes are slighly different.  Except for the manual blood pressure cuffs, it's best to match brands, i.e. buy a cuff that is the same brand as your monitor.  With manual cuffs, there are single tube and double tube models. Also changing cuff sizes with most monitors means changing the pressure connector on the cuff tubing. Also, no "home" automatic inflation monitors can be adapted to newborn, infant or child blood pressure cuffs. Thigh cuffs are also limited to manual inflation blood pressure monitors. LifeSource is the only manufacturer we know who has an automatic inflation blood pressure monitor for bariatric sized arms, i.e.16.5 to 23.5 inches.

Below are some examples.

Lumiscope and Labstar (the Graham Fields Brand Deluxe Sphygmomanometers) have only manual inflation units for Newborn, Infant and Child cuffs.

  • Newborn 2.75 to 5.25 Inches
  • Infant 5 to 7.5 Inches
  • Child 7 to 10.5 Inches
  • Adult 9.5 to 15 Inches
  • Large Adult 13 to 19 Inches
  • Thigh 17 to 26 Inches

 Omron

  • Adult 9 to 13 Inches
  • Large Adult 13 to 17 Inches
  • Combination Cuff 9 to 17 Inches

LifeSource (AND Engineering)

  • Medium: 9.4 x 14.2 Inches
  • Large: 14.2 x 17.7 Inches
  • Extra Large: 16.5 x 23.6 Inches

MDF Instruments: Blood Pressure Monitors are Not Included, Just the cuff

We recommend that before choosing a blood pressure monitor you first decide if you want an automatic or a manual monitor. Then carefully measure the arm of the person to be monitored. To properly measure an arm for a blood pressure cuff, use a dressmaker's measuring tape. The cuff is placed with the sensor over the pulse on the underside of your elbow. So measure that circumference first. Next measure around the middle of the upper part of your arm, at the midpoint. The second measurement generally decides the cuff size. The exception is a very muscular man or woman: for them a wrist monitor may be a better choice since the blood pressure cuff may not be able to be properly tightened.

Thank you for your question. Let us know if we can help further.

Sincerely, Barbara

Choosing a Bariatric Weighing Scale for an Office Weight Loss Program

by Barbara 14. June 2009 09:31

Question about the products Amcells high capacity weight scales for weight loss programs i.e. 500 lb, 750 lb, 800 lb and 1000 lb capacity Amcells weighing scales.

Q: "My office is beginning a physical fitness/weight loss program. Several of our employees are significantly obese: my guess is over 400 lbs. We need a heavy duty scale for the office and one or two employees are wanting to purchase accurate scales for home use. What do you suggest? We don't need a scale with Body Mass Index or Body Fat Index." Thanks. Teresa.

Answer: Currently, the most affordable bariatric weight scales are actually made in the USA by Scale Perfect, Amcells. These scales are truly sturdy, made for the long term. Several years ago a New York area hospital chain purchased several dozen of the Amcells 750 lb. capacity scales for use with high risk pregnancy patients. The TBS models can be countersunk into existing pits in medical offices that currently use the old fashioned Cardinal detector beam scales.

Since then, Amcells introduced a new 1000 lb. capacity scale with a platform that is 24 inches long by 20 inches wide by 4 inches high. This scale weighs 32 pounds and is accurate to +/- 0.15 lb/0.1 Kg. Included is an RS-232 scoreboard function: can connect to a printer, remote read-out or a large score board. Use with a RS-232 to USB adapter if required. all computers have printer ports. There are also 750 lb. capacity scales and 500 lb. capacity scales with slightly smaller platforms that also include the RS-232 feature.

The newest addition to the Amcells line is a combination scale that actually folds for storage. the AMC-WHS-800 This scale is versatile: use as a wheelchair scale, a bariatric scale, a small animal or larger animal scale or a shipping scale.The aluminum diamond polished deck has ramped sides. The over-sized platform: is 40 inches by 30 inches. The physical dimensions of this affordable scale when folded are 3/4 inches High x 40 Inches Wide by 38 inches long.It easily rolls on two urethane precision wheels. With a digital readout on a 39 inch post, this sturdy weighing scale is made in the USA. If you want a print out, just connect your ticket printer or slip computer to the display panel.


These are some points to consider:

  • Cost: $500 to over $1200 plus shipping.
  • Maximum Capacity: 500 lbs, 450 lbs or more.
  • Post mounted read-out or remote read? This is a portability issue as well. The USA made Amcells scales weigh 25 pounds to about 35 pounds. The Seca 876 Flat Scale with a 550 lb. capacity that weighs about 8 lbs. The base is 12 inches by 12 inches by 2.3 inches with graduation of 0.2 lbs <>0.5 lb. The USA Made Befour PS-6600 scale has a 500 lb capacity, has Accuracy: +/-0.1 lb. (+/-0.1 kg.), a Platform Size: 18" x 16" x 1.5", a Scale Weight: 13 lbs.and a Readout Display: ¾" LED.
  • Will there be a permanent place for this scale to sit? Is this a private place so that only the nurse or weight counselor and the person being weighed can see the weight numbers? Is theft a concern for you? (Consider the weights and sizes for storage)'
  • Will you be connecting this scale to a computer for recording data? Then you need one with as RS-232 connection.
  • Weight accuracy. Amcells' Accuracy: 500 lb. capacity scale: +/- 0.1 lb/0.05 K,750 lb capacity scale: +/- 0.15 lb/0.1 K, 1000 lb. capacity scale: +/- 0.15 lb/0.1 Kg.
  • Minimum acceptable platform size. 13"(L) x 13"(W) x 2.25"(H) is the base of the least expensive Amcells scale. The problem with that size is that many larger people must spread their feet apart to balance. With a wider base, the scale itself is higher off the floor but the base allows for a foot spread.
  • Wall mounted grab bars or not? We sell these as well in several sizes. Sometimes heavier persons or the elderly need to grasp onto a grab bar as they get on or off a scale. We also sell scales with a built-in grab bar: however, these are much more expensive to purchase.

So, to summarize you can choose from one of many bariatric medical scales by Amcells such as the 500 Lb Weight Watchers Scale Remote Read Scale or a variety of scales from Seca, Befour or other manufacturers.

Thanks for your question and best of good health to all of you.

Sincerely, Barbara

Which Blood Pressure Monitor for a Low Vision Person?

by Barbara 20. June 2008 09:23

Question about the product: Lumiscope 1100 Manual Inflate Blood Pressure Monitor.

Q: "I am thinking about buying this unit for my mother who has low vision. So the display area has to be large. Can you tell me how large the numbers are on the display? Also the pumping bulb has to be easy to pump. Our doctor says the manual ones are most accurate."-LAURA

Answer: The Lumiscope 1100 is a manual inflate blood pressure monitor with a digital read-out. This is called a semi-automatic blood pressure monitor because it requires inflation using a pump up bulb. Some people like being in control of the inflation level. The bulbs don't require a lot of force to inflate but have to be squeezed quickly many times to inflate above the person's anticipated blood pressure level. The bulbs last several years or more and then can be replaced for under $15 plus shipping.

The newer blood pressure monitors made in the past 4 or 5 years all have features that limit the amount of inflation and/or learn how much inflation is needed based upon the last user's level.

We do sell manual blood pressure monitors with or without attached stethoscopes. The manual blood pressure monitors used in physician's offices are professional models and are used by trained medical professionals. Taking your own blood pressure using a stethoscope and a manual blood pressure monitor takes practice and training. If you mom is well coordinated and has a teacher, she can learn to take blood pressure using a manual unit.

Most manual units do not have large numbers on the display. If your mom has low vision, I suggest that you either choose a unit with a large display or choose one of the talking blood pressure monitors. The automatic units are quite accurate these days. If you use the monitor properly, which means the proper sized arm or wrist cuff and sitting in the proper position, the readings will be quite accurate.

The Lumiscope 1145 automatic wrist blood pressure monitor and the Oregon Scientific BPW810 automatic wrist blood pressure monitor both feature multiple memories (60 per user or 120 total) and large numeric displays. If your physician wants a log of readings, your mom can display the readings along with the date and time when they were taken. Wrist units fit almost everyone unless they have a wrestler's size wrist or are extremely petite.

The arm units all require that the arm be measured so that the proper arm cuff is ordered or that the person purchase a unit that either comes with several arm cuffs or has an arm cuff that fits small to large arms.

So, please make sure you measure your mom's arm with a cloth or plastic tape measure before you purchase any arm blood pressure monitor. And do the same if her wrist is tiny or very large and you plan to buy a wrist cuff model.

Hope this helps with your decision.

Sincerely,
Barbara