Scale attachments used on hoists, sometimes called hoist weighing scales are a great solution. Particularly for patients and service users who are unable to sit on a chair scale or stand on a floor scale. This article covers how to use hoist weighing scales correctly and record accurate readings every time.
The first benefit of a hoist scale is that patients and service users do not need to be able to sit or stand to be weighed. A hoist weighing scale attaches to a hoist spreader bar, therefore allowing service users to be weighed in a hoisted position.
The second benefit of hoist scales (such as the type shown below) is they can be used on many different hoists due to the design of the attachment chain links. However, this can also cause issues because you can get different readings when using different hoists. This can mislead care staff into thinking that the hoist scales are giving inaccurate readings. More importantly that service users have gained or lost weight.