Product of the Month – the SR241: Portable & Perfect for House Calls!

 

 

 

 

Remember the old slogan, “Two for the price of one?” That’s how we arrived at the model number for one of our more intriguing scales, the SR241 (two-for-one). This portable, road-worthy scale was designed for medical professionals who need to have a lightweight scale that can double as a pediatric scale as well as a patient stand-on scale.

As with many of our scales, this one too, was based on customer feedback. In this case, we received a request from a medical services organization specializing in visits to house-bound patients. As part of their required diagnostic services, an ultra-lightweight scale was needed. Other design requirements included:

• Scale needed to work as a portable infant scale as well as weigh adults
• Had to be easy to transport to and from residential homes and small enough to fit in a single car seat or small trunk
• Rugged construction
• Scale housing (shell) also needed to be void of crevices that could attract dirt and insects
• Moisture resistant and easy to clean
• Accurate with repeatable weighing functions
• Digital readout and low-powered for long battery life
• Ability to weigh in pounds and ounces as well as kilograms
• Optional carrying case

All of these requirements were met with the dual purpose weighing system we call the SR241. This unique scale features a removable baby tray. So after weighing adults, the slide-on tray can be quickly added to take an infant’s weight. As a special add-on feature we call “Baby-Mode”, a parent can stand on the scale and the parent’s weight is then zeroed out. Next, the parent can be given their infant to hold which permits the scale to easily obtain the baby’s weight.

You can learn more about the SR241 including a product video at: http://bit.ly/SR241-info

If your facility would like to evaluate an SR241, give us a call at 716-693-5977 to arrange an onsite demonstration meeting with one of our nationwide representatives.

New Vet Scale Coating Solutions

Here at SR we’re always interested in building improvements to our products. Our customers, whether they’re in the medical profession, or members of veterinary and zoological organizations, are a great source for new ideas and suggestions for products and innovative updates.

Recently we decided to take look at the coating compound on a few of our portable and in-floor veterinarian scales. We wanted to find a newer material that would be long lasting, easy to clean, and offer an improved non-slip surface for animals.

We’ve come up with a new compound and will be showcasing a number of scales with the new coating at next week’s NAVC (North American Veterinary Community) 2017 Conference in Orlando, FL.

We welcome feedback on the new coating from veterinary professionals who are attending the event. So stop by booth # 500, check out the new coating, and let us know what you think. You may also want to see our new small to mid-sized animal scale, the SRV411i, a.k.a. the Dog Bone Scale. Hope to see you there!

Texas Road Show!

Ah yes – another escape from the arctic cold we are used to in Western NY! Truth be told, it has been a milder winter here in the greater Buffalo, NY area up to now, but still – it was nice to get away down south for a road show in January. Last week we kicked off our winter 2017 trade show season with a visit to Austin, TX for the 2017 Texas Hospital Association’s Annual Conference and Expo. And even though the temperature was in the 50s for most of the week in Austin, it still felt better than the 30s we had in upstate NY.

This was our first time exhibiting at the premier THA (Texas Hospital Association) event. From THA’s website, the Association represents more than 85 percent of the state’s acute-care hospitals and health care systems. This event presented a great opportunity for us to introduce our SR Medical Scales to the executive leaders at many of the member hospitals.

We took our “Trade Show in A Box” display which allows us to demonstrate several of our more popular medical scales to the attendees. For this event, we demonstrated a cross-section of our medical scales, starting with our ultra-wide Patient Floor Scale, the SR411i. Next we had available our newly launched SR585i Stand-on Scale. This scale, which features a wide base, 1,000 lb capacity, and easy-to-grip wrap around handles, is gaining in popularity at hospitals around the country for gathering weight data where patients need to grasp a handrail for support. Centering our booth display is the very popular mid-sized wall mount stretcher scale, the SR7010i.

Beyond our medical scales, we will be attending a variety of events this winter that also include our other markets, that of veterinarian and waterparks. You can see our winter show schedule below as well as on our Events webpage. We hope to see you there!

Product of the Month – the SR7010i Stretcher Scale for Hospitals

sr-blog-jan-2017-sr7010iOver the past several years we have introduced a number of new medical scales. These weighing systems range from new stand-on scales to larger wall mount platform scales. A few of these products include:

  • The SR411i Patient Floor scale
  • The SR585i Stand-on Scale with wrap around handles for patient stability
  • And the SR7010i

Our product focus for January is our space-saving wall mount scale, the SR7010i. The story behind this product’s development reflects our commitment to custom-building scales to meet the requirements of our customers, be they in the medical market or the other markets we serve (Veterinarian, Zoological, and Waterparks).

A hospital representative contacted us after learning about our medical scales. They were looking for a new approach to handle their patient weighing requirements in a way that would allow them to have a single device that would be able to weigh patients in various stages of ambulatory care. Specifically, they wanted to have a device that could be used in place of ordering several scales such as a patient/bed lift scale, a wheel chair scale, and a stand-on scale that could accommodate a patient using a walker. One other important design feature that was needed was to have the new scale able to be easily stored away when not in use.

So our team of design engineers built a large platform scale that was able to support a thousand pounds. Using gas-powered springs, the platform could be easily lowered then raised up for storage when staff had finished weighing patients. The scale’s space-saving design took up less than five inches of wall space when not in use. The weighing surface of the new scale is large enough to accommodate a stretcher, handle motorized wheelchairs, and yet easy enough for a patient using a walker to stand on the platform.

Once completed, the new weighing system was installed and ready for active use. The project was so successful, that additional units were ordered and placed in strategic locations throughout the facility. Backing up the product’s durability is our 4-year warranty, the longest product warranty in the medical scale industry.

You can learn more about this device including a short video at: http://bit.ly/SR7010-info.

If you have a need for a custom weighing solution at your hospital, you can contact us at 716-693-5977 to discuss how we can build the right solution for you, your staff, and your patients.

Long-Term Care Centers Taking Note of SR’s Wheelchair Scales

This year we have seen a number of long-term care (LTC) centers select SR Scales over their previous suppliers. (See a recent news release here: http://bit.ly/PR-SR-LCCA.) Several reasons are attributing to this growing trend.

First, from a purchasing point of view, SR Scales offer a better ROI for LTC facilities. Many of our medical scales are still in use after a dozen years or more of continuous service. This makes the true cost of ownership significantly less than having to replace scales every few years.

Second, we back our scales with the industry’s longest warranty – four years. This enables facility managers and biomedical managers to spend less time servicing scales and more time on other projects.

Third, we offer a number of popular wheelchair scales designed to meet a variety of applications in long-term care facilities. Our SR725i-L is a portable wheelchair scale that is made of aluminum instead of steel. This makes it lighter to transport and set up, then easily store it out of the way when not in use. In addition, the scale’s wide platform, low profile, and 1,000 pound capacity make it a versatile scale, able to comfortably handle larger, motorized wheelchairs.

This month we’ll be attending a number of long-term care events where you can check out these scales:

  • AHCA/NCAL 67th Annual Convention and Expo, October 16-19, 2016 in Nashville, TN, booth 824
  • LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo, October 30 – November 2, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN, booth 4625

If you’re attending one of these events, stop by and say “Hello!” And let us introduce you to the advantages of SR Scales for your facility.

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SR Scales 3D Models Now Available for Use as Revit Content

Last Fall we attended a number conferences focusing on healthcare design architects and facility planners. As a supplier of medical weighing systems, we wanted to learn more about architectural requirements and specifically what architects need in additional resources from a manufacturer. These events were very helpful to us in better understanding the challenges faced by busy architects who design new hospitals and modern medical centers.

We learned from speaking with healthcare design architects from across the globe the importance of having medical devices and other products available in a 3D (three dimensional) file format for use in hospital design plans. As a result, we are now making available for use with Autodesk® Revit®, a number of our more popular medical scales.

Healthcare design architects, facility managers, and biomedical engineers requiring accurate 3D renderings of our scales for their facility plans can register on our website at http://bit.ly/SR-Scales-3D-reg to select the scale that meets their project design requirements. Once you have registered, you can download the files for use with Autodesk Revit versions 2015 thru 2017. If you need older Revit content, it can be provided back to Revit 2012 at your request.

(Autodesk and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and other countries. Other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.)

 

 

Another Month, Another Product Rollout! Introducing the SR411i Series of Scales – Low Profile and Ultra-wide.

SR-Blog-Image-June2016-BThis month we are thrilled to present a new type of scale for our customers in the medical community – the SR411i.

In reviewing our product line, we felt we had a gap and wanted to address it with a new scale. Our goal was to offer the same reliability and accuracy our customers expect from SR Scales, yet design the new scale for applications where a smaller device could be utilized.

Our new SR411i series of scales are ideal for surgical centers, telehealth applications, and other healthcare settings where a basic, rugged, and reliable weighing solution is needed. We took special care to come up with a purpose-built scale that would be wider than normal. We also designed it to have a low profile for people who find it difficult to step up onto a scale. This new scale provides patients with virtually effortless accessibility and standing comfort.

Depending upon your requirements, there are three versions of the SR411i scale, making it suitable for most any basic weighing application. The price range of the new scale series starts at $599
and goes to $799 depending upon weight capacity and other features. More info on the SR411i can be found at http://bit.ly/SRScales-SR411i.

You can also call us at 716-693-5977 to schedule a demo of the SR411i at your medical facility.

Introducing the SR585i – wide platform scale with wrap around handrails – See it at NTI2016!

585i-AThis month we are pleased to introduce a new scale to our family of robust, durable medical products, the SR585i stand-on scale. This scale provides acute care and long-term care centers with a new alternative for gathering patient weight data in a wider-based platform (18″ X 20″) with a weight capacity of 1,000 pounds.

Unique to this scale compared to other scales in our product line, are the wide-grip, wrap-around handles. These thicker handles are part of the weighing platform that assures stability for those patients needing extra support, without affecting the weight gathering process. In addition, our “Tip and Go” feature enables medical staff to easily transport the scale to other locations within their facilities. And of course, the 9 pin serial output can be used for a variety of options such as sending data to a printer or to your EHR system.

As with our other premium medical scales, the SR585i is backed by a four year parts and labor warranty. You can access more information on the SR585i at the following links:

We’ll be demonstrating the SR585i in booth 3209 at the upcoming 2016 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in New Orleans, LA from May 16 – 19, 2016. If you’re there at the event, stop by and see this and other scales available for your medical center. Or call us at 716-693-5977 to schedule a demo at your location.

SR’s Trade Show in a Box – on the road to NTI 2016

TS-2016-TS-in-a-Box-02At SR Scales, we are gearing up for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition 2016. This year’s event will take place in New Orleans from May 17 – 19, and we’ll be in booth number 3209 (#NTI2016).

It’s been a while since we have attended this event and we look forward to meeting our customers and other medical professionals who use SR Scales.

At this year’s event we’ll be demonstrating several new scales as well as some of our more popular medical scales. To ship the five scales that will be on display, we’ve designed our shipping crate so that it becomes an integral part of our booth display, a true “trade show in a box” approach! A few of the medical scales we’ll be showcasing include:

  • The SR615 Pediatric Scale, our premier infant scale.
  • The SR7010i-P Space-saving Wall Mount Scale. This amazing multi-purpose scale was introduced last year. It easily folds up against a wall when not in use, and can weigh stretchers and wheelchairs up to 1,000 pounds.
  • The SR241 – a portable, light weight and dual-purpose scale designed for visiting nurses on the go who need a reliable scale that can weigh infants and adults.

So if you’re attending the event, we invite you to stop and a take a look at our latest medical scales for your facility.

Wild Wings to the Rescue!

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At SR Scales, we manufacture a variety of medical scales for hospitals, long term care centers, and other medical applications requiring accurate weight data. In addition, we provide veterinarian and zoological scales for most every type of animal. Our vet scales can weigh some of the smallest animals and our zoo scales can handle some of the largest. (See our video on weighing elephants: http://bit.ly/SR-Scales-SRV714-E.)

Recently we learned of a local wildlife rescue center called Wild Wings, located in the greater Rochester, NY region. This rescue center specializes in helping and sheltering permanently injured birds of prey which are unable to survive on their own in the wild.

Since 1995, this wild life sanctuary has been home to a wide range of raptor residents, from bald eagles, falcons, and hawks, to owls, vultures, and more. These magnificent birds, while naturally suited for the wild, need the dedicated care from the staff at Wild Wings. The birds typically arrive at the location severely injured as a result of any number of incidents, from gunshot and car accidents, to illegal pet trade.

Wild Wings is a non-profit organization that relies on donations and its numerous educational programs to provide primary funding. It is staffed with a well-informed and educated team of volunteers that provide care for the birds and the few resident animals at the location, including a bobcat named Tara. Private educational programs and seminars are offered to schools, clubs, and corporations that provide awareness of these birds and environmental conservation.

At a recent Winter Weekend event sponsored by Monroe County (NY), we visited the center and learned about Wild Wings and their facility to support the injured birds of prey. After walking through the facilities, we thought we might be able to provide some assistance to them in the form of several scale donations for their use.

Terry Kozakiewicz is the executive director of Wild Wings, and shared with us about Wild Wings and their mission.

Q: How does Wild Wings get notified of a bird needing assistance? 

Basically we get calls from vets or rehab specialists. Calls can come in from anywhere in the county: Alaska, Wyoming, Virginia, or the Carolina’s. Normally, we’re providing support at the end of a bird’s life. Think of us as the Senior Home for birds. The vets we hear from do the hard work – they work to restore a bird such as an owl or an eagle back to health. And they’ll want to know that afterwards, there’s someone like us to take care of these birds.

We also get local calls to assist on bird rescues where a bird might be caught in fence or tangled in fishing line. We even get some unusual calls for help, such as a bird caught in a Halloween display of a spider web.

How many birds do you typically support at one time?

We average around 28 to 30. We keep it at that due to costs as we only have a limited number of enclosures available. We do network with other licensed animal and bird sanctuaries if we get too crowded and need to provide an alternative source for a bird to reside. We currently have 28 now, but are able to take some additional smaller birds at this time. Spring time is our busy time of year as we get lots of calls. Typically young ones are still learning to fly and sometimes end up hitting buildings or other structures, or simply don’t know how to handle themselves in the wild.

WW-02-G-Eagle1Tell us about the importance of scales at Wild Wings.

Everything is weighed. Not just the birds, but what we feed them as well as what they don’t eat. We need to know it all. So even the food is weighed all the time – portioning is critical to the health of all birds. You just can’t guess on it – you need to know in order to properly maintain a bird’s health. Especially now that it’s winter, we need to make sure that the birds are getting enough to eat to maintain their health in the cold.

How often do you have to weigh the birds?

The birds themselves get weighed once a week. This allows us to better monitor their health. Often birds can mask an illness and look healthy, but weight can tell us whether a bird is healthy or not. In addition to risks of being underweight, overweight birds are not healthy birds, especially since they are on their feet all the time. So we also monitor for foot sores and other health issues.

Why are accurate scales important?

Our scales have to be accurate. The SR Scales allow us to monitor our birds’ health more precisely. When you have birds that weigh so little, you can’t rely on cheap scales that are not accurate. For example, if a small bird loses 30 grams, that’s huge. Standard scales don’t provide the accuracy and small, incremental weighing capabilities that we get with our SR Scales.

Are any of the birds able to return to the wild?

With the types of injuries the birds have, they are unable to return to the wild. Wild Wings is a permanent bird sanctuary. We take care of the birds for as long as they live. Plus, once they get used to their environment here at our sanctuary, they would not be able to successfully take care of themselves, even if they could.

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You can learn more about Wild Wings from their website at www.wildwingsinc.org or if you’re in the Rochester, NY area, you can visit their facilities at 27 Pond Road Honeoye Falls, NY 14472.

SR Scales will be demonstrating these scales and other veterinarian scales in booth number 2642 at the upcoming Western Veterinarian Conference in Las Vegas, NV, from March 6 – 10, 2016. More info on this event can be found at http://www.wvc.org/conference/.