Baby Scales For Accuracy With Lighter Weights
Having accuracy at low weights is important in a general practitioners office as well as in a pediatric specialization practice. Baby scales are designed specifically to weigh infants, including premature babies, with a much higher degree of accuracy than standard scales that are set up to weigh children and adults.
Many doctors and nurses that work with infants and babies choose a digital type of model. Digital pediatric scales have an easy to read display that takes all the guesswork out of accurately recording and tracking weight gain. The digital display can be set on many models to record both grams and ounces as well as kilograms and pounds. This ensures that weights can be easily recorded in the measuring system required without the need for additional calculations and time consuming conversions. The measurement system is adjusted with push keys on the front of the display panel for easy transition between both measurement units. In addition many models have a tape measure included so all necessary measurements can be done quickly and easily at the weight station area.
The other option is a dial display. This is similar to a bathroom scale in that a pre-set and calibrated guide is used to record the weight as indicated by the needle position. These models are a lower cost option to the digital models and are highly accurate and very versatile.
Usually the small sized pediatric scales with a digital readout will operate using AA batteries. This means there is no need for electrical outlets and also makes the scales very mobile. While many examination rooms and clinics will have one scale per room, the small sized and lightweight baby scales can move between rooms with ease. Some units may also have an AC adaptor that allows you to go from battery power to electrical power when available. This is a good option for saving battery life when on the go by using power when it is available. This can save money in the equipment budget for a smaller clinic or doctor's office. It is also a great choice for a mobile medical professional that makes home visits or works with patients in mobile clinics and treatment centers.
The actual design of baby scales is also a major consideration under any type of use conditions. Since it is essential to be able to thoroughly and completely clean and disinfect the basket that is used to hold the baby needs to be carefully considered. Some models provide a removable basket that can be easily cleaned off of the scale. Other models provide a seamless, solid system that can be wiped down as it stands between uses.
Baby scales can be very helpful to staff with a storage option for information. This allows the recall of the last measurement and also allows staff to verify data without having to re-weigh the infant. Different scale models will have different memory capacities and some can even have output options that allow electronic capture of information directly into data files for the patient.
The weight capacity of the pediatric scales being considered may also a factor. There are specific models for newborns that are most commonly used in the neonatal wards. These models have a lower total weight capacity but tend to have a smaller readability increment. This allows more accurate data for infants that have low weight. Standard baby scales may be able to weigh infants that are much older and heavier, providing greater versatility in a primary care physician's office. However, some of the models will automatically adjust the increments for weights that are over a specific amount, giving them high levels of accuracy combined with a heavier weight capacity.