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Innovative solutions sought: community patient weight monitoring

30th August 2018

How can we accurately weigh patients in a community setting with a device that is lightweight and easy to manage and transport?

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHC) covers a large diverse population who have a lot of complex co-morbidities including those who require their weight to be monitored in their home environment.

On a regular basis community teams are required to monitor a variety of patients weights including children and adults who have a range of co-morbidities and weight baring challenges. Patients are often bed bound or in wheelchairs, which can make weighing them difficult. The current solution requires staff to use wheelchair scales that are made up of two large ramps that weigh around 8kg each. This means that some staff are unable to transport them to patient home addresses as they are bulky and heavy, making manual handling difficult and reducing the ability to manage weight effectively.

The Challenge

The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) are looking to identify a solution to be able to accurately weigh patients (children and adults) in a community setting with a device that is lightweight and easy to manage and transport. If you have a solution that can help, please visit Meridian.

About Meridian

Meridian is the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network’s (WMAHSN) interactive online health innovation exchange for the West Midlands. Meridian has been built to assist NHS, academic, commercial and industrial stakeholders, supporting a collaborative approach to resolving clinical and service challenges to build a region-wide innovation culture.

Submissions

If you have an innovative product or service available that has significant potential to benefit both patients and the health service, Medilink WM will look to facilitate your need by assisting with your Meridian Innovation Submission and developing key relationship management with appropriate clinical groups and stakeholders with you, to assist the right innovations to evolve and move forward with the NHS. Contact JoanneM@MedilinkWM.co.uk or ChrisD@MedilinkWM.co.uk for more information. Find out more here.

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