What is the best option for a scale used in most pediatric scale tables?
All of the newer types of pediatric scale tables will have digital read out scales, which make easy and accurate record keeping very simple. Most pediatric scale tables will also feature Tanita scales, which are considered to some of the most accurate and dependable scales on the market. These scales can be adjusted to read out either metric or standard weights, so pounds and ounces and well as kilograms can all be determined with the same type of digital scale.
The digital Tanita options on pediatric scale tables also include scales that self calibrate. This is a very important feature as it saves time in the patient rooms as the scales don't need to be manually calibrated before each use. Most scales are going to be battery operated, making the pediatric scale tables very easy to move and located in any room, regardless of the location of outlets for plug ins. In addition the scales will have an automatic shut off when they are not in use for a set period of time. On each start up the calibration will occur, meaning that battery life is conserved with the automatic shutdown but accuracy is maintained with the start up calibration. What other features are available on pediatric scale tables?
Infantometers, specialized measuring apparatus for babies, are typically included in pediatric scale tables. This provides a handy way for the doctor, nurse or medical staff to complete the necessary measurements of the infant or child all in one central location. Since the measuring devices are mounted to the pediatric scale tables they are always easy to access and prevent searching for where they may have been last used.
Other issues to look for in pediatric scale tables include a comfortable, well padded and easy to clean surface for the infant and toddler. Most will have a padded surface in the central area that can be removed for easy cleaning. In addition a paper dispenser that is mounted directly to pediatric scale tables makes easy transitions if the scale is in a central area and will be used frequently. Simply pulling out the next section of paper makes clean up a breeze for high usage scales in pediatrician's offices. What safety features are included in pediatric scale tables?
As with any infant or children's medical equipment there are several standard safety features on good quality pediatric scale tables. One important feature is a rib or edging around three sides of the table to prevent any possibility of an unattended baby falling from the table. While this is typically not a concern with trained medical staff, having the extra protection of a rim is very important. In addition the rim itself should have a rounded or beveled edge, not a sharp corner or tight angle type of edge. This prevents possible injury to the infant's arms or legs if he or she moves around on the table during the measuring process.