A former nurse who completed her training at the School of Nursing in Bell College, Hamilton has been making the news because of a revolutionary weighing scale she has invented called the Patient Transfer Scale (PTS). The PTS helps hospital patients get accurate dosages of life-saving drugs more easily. Gillian Taylor, who completed her degree in Nursing Studies (within our old school) in the late 1990s, said
“While working as a nurse, I found it frustrating when trying to get a weight for immobile patients. The only way to weigh an immobile patient was to use a hoist scale or a bed scale, but both were time-consuming and cumbersome. I decided there must be an easier way to weigh these patients. Then later, while I was working in stroke services, it became clear getting an accurate weight quickly can help save a life. By using the PTS when the patient is admitted to a hospital, there is a weight reading that can be used to accurately administer medication as soon as possible, particularly important if the patient’s condition is life-threatening.”
Gillian had the idea of weighing a patient as they are transferred from a trolley to a bed. With help from our partner organisation NHS Lanarkshire, Scottish Health Innovations Limited (SHIL) and weighing scale manufacturer Marsden, Gillian was able to develop the product and bring it to market.
Raymond Hamill, senior research and development manager NHS Lanarkshire said
“We believe the Patient Transfer Scale will have huge benefits for patient outcomes. Hopefully, this will inspire other NHS staff to identify opportunities and make them aware that support is available to make them a reality.”
Hospitals and healthcare providers from around the globe, including Australia, Germany, the USA and New Zealand, are already showing an interest in the PTS.
All the best with this innovative product Gillian, from all here @uwshls and @NHSLanarkshire