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Barbara Staib, President of Safe Home Products, is an expert on child safety, emergency preparedness, pet training and even pest control. She has personally helped thousands of customers since SHP started in 1999. Here you can find Q&A with Barbara to foster safer, healthier and simpler living.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Mechanical and Electronic: Height Measuring Devices or Stadiometers

Question about height measuring devices for use in schools and medical offices.

Q: "Our medical offices are looking for wall mounted stadiometers. What options do we have? What are the pros and cons of the standard versus the digital ones?

Answer: Options are mechanical aluminum, mechanical plastic and electronic. Cost is the main difference as well as which measure in 1/8 inch increments or centimeters, have foot stabilizers, etc.

The most economical and most popular continue to be the aluminum, wall mounted stadiometers. These cost $200 and up and read in centimeters or in inches. Also there are extra wide units like the Seca 222. There are also heavy duty plastic units with a headpiece lock knob to retain the result, double sided scale showing cm and inches and easy to read display. The most sophisticated of the wall mounted mechanical rods is the Seca 240 which lets you read directly off the measuring slide head piece.

The newest on the scene are the digital electronic units which are exponentially more expensive, over $1300 each at this writing. The Seca 242 Electronic Wall Mounted measuring rod is favored by endocrinologists as the measuring rod determines the height via an opto-sensor and transmits wirelessly, from the separate, easy to read LCD so that the result can be read-off at any location. This unit also has a heel positioner.

Many medical professionals continue to prefer the scale mounted stadiometers that usually come with a particular model of scale.

Thanks for your questions.
Sincerely, Barbara

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Update Medical Scale from Balance Beam 'Pit' Scale to Electronic Digital Weight Scale

Question about which electronic scale can replace an old medical weight scale in doctor's office.

Q: "In our medical offices, we have ancient mechanical balance beam scales that are set into floor pits for our patient's convenience. Which digital electronic medical scales can easily replace them?" Thanks. Dr. Bill

Answer: We suggest the 500 lb. capacityTBS series from Amcells/Scale Perfect. There is also a 750 lb. capacity scale with the same sized base. This line of electronic digital scales has easily read electronic displays on 40 inch high posts. The weighing scale platform dimensions are 14" x 12" x 3.5" high so this scale easily fits most existing pits.

The Total Body Scale includes these features and more
  • Sensing Element: Single point precision load cell.
  • Platform: Heavy Gauge aluminum.
  • Display: Large (0.6" height) bright red LED 6 digit display.
  • Indicator: Rugged stainless steel.
  • Push button Zero with Automatic Zero Tracking.
  • Full range, separate LED Tare indicator.
  • Auto Power Off: 1 minute factory set.
  • Self-diagnostics at power up for circuitry and display segments.
  • Lb/Kg Conversion.
  • Leveling Feet: All four feet adjustable, bubble level built in.
  • High Accuracy: 0.1 lb or better; 5000 Counts
  • Readability:
    • TBS-250: +/- 0.05 lb/0.02 Kg
    • TBS-500: +/- 0.1 lb/0.05 Kg
    • TBS-750: +/- 0.15 lb/0.1 Kg
  • Power Supply: AC/DC Adaptor (included), optional rechargeable nickel cadmium batteries, or 6 AA dry cells (not included).
  • Net Weight: 17.2 lbs.
  • Limited one year manufacturer's warranty on instruments

  • We do suggest you measure the pit before your purchase. If the pit is too small and cannot be easily enlarged, we suggest you purchase either a larger based digital scale and add grab bars or a low profile larger based scale.

    Thanks for your question.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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    Sunday, June 14, 2009

    Choosing a Bariatric Weighing Scale for an Office Weight Loss Program

    Question about the product, Amcells 500 lb. and Amcells 750 lb. weighing scales.

    Q: "My office is beginning a physical fitness/weight loss program. Several of our employees are significantly obese: my guess is over 400 lbs. We need a heavy duty scale for the office and one or two employees are wanting to purchase accurate scales for home use. What do you suggest? We don't need a scale with Body Mass Index or Body Fat Index." Thanks. Teresa.

    Answer: Currently, the most affordable bariatric weight scales are actually made in the USA by Scale Perfect, Amcells. These scales are truly sturdy, made for the long term. Several years ago a New York area hospital chain purchased several dozen of the Amcells 750 lb. capacity scales for use with high risk pregnancy patients. The TBS models can be countersunk into existing pits in medical offices that currently use the old fashioned Cardinal detector beam scales.

    Since then, Amcells introduced a new 1000 lb. capacity scale with a platform that is 24 inches long by 20 inches wide by 4 inches high. This scale weighs 32 pounds and is accurate to +/- 0.15 lb/0.1 Kg. Included is an RS-232 scoreboard function: can connect to a printer, remote read-out or a large score board. Use with a RS-232 to USB adapter if required. all computers have printer ports. There are also 750 lb. capacity scales and 500 lb. capacity scales with slightly smaller platforms that also include the RS-232 feature.

    These are some points to consider:
    • Cost: $500 to over $1200 plus shipping.
    • Maximum Capacity: 500 lbs, 450 lbs or more.
    • Post mounted read-out or remote read? This is a portability issue as well. The USA made Amcells scales weigh 25 pounds to about 35 pounds. The Seca 876 Flat Scale with a 550 lb. capacity that weighs about 8 lbs. The base is 12 inches by 12 inches by 2.3 inches with graduation of 0.2 lbs <>0.5 lb. The USA Made Befour PS-6600 scale has a 500 lb capacity, has Accuracy: +/-0.1 lb. (+/-0.1 kg.), a Platform Size: 18" x 16" x 1.5", a Scale Weight: 13 lbs.and a Readout Display: ¾" LED.
    • Will there be a permanent place for this scale to sit? Is this a private place so that only the nurse or weight counselor and the person being weighed can see the weight numbers? Is theft a concern for you? (Consider the weights and sizes for storage)'
    • Will you be connecting this scale to a computer for recording data? Then you need one with as RS-232 connection.
    • Weight accuracy. Amcells' Accuracy: 500 lb. capacity scale: +/- 0.1 lb/0.05 K,750 lb capacity scale: +/- 0.15 lb/0.1 K, 1000 lb. capacity scale: +/- 0.15 lb/0.1 Kg.
    • Minimum acceptable platform size. 13"(L) x 13"(W) x 2.25"(H) is the base of the least expensive Amcells scale. The problem with that size is that many larger people must spread their feet apart to balance. With a wider base, the scale itself is higher off the floor but the base allows for a foot spread.
    • Wall mounted grab bars or not? We sell these as well in several sizes. Sometimes heavier persons or the elderly need to grasp onto a grab bar as they get on or off a scale. We also sell scales with a built-in grab bar: however, these are much more expensive to purchase.
    So, to summarize you can choose from one of many bariatric medical scales by Amcells such as the 500 Lb Weight Watchers Scale Remote Read Scale or a variety of scales from Seca, Befour or other manufacturers.

    Thanks for your question and best of good health to all of you.

    Sincerely, Barbara

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