What do you all do with scales for home haemo (and PD?) patients?
I assume they should be 'M' marked Class III scales and should be regularly checked.
Do you do the cal checks or swap out with calibrated scales ?
Does anyone supply non medical scales or let the patients use their own ?
I can't find any national guidance.
I did see that document, but it is only recommendations of an interested body based on the EU NAWI directive. It is worded so as to make it seem that we are compelled to use Class III or 'M' marked sacales for medical use.
The directive itself only seems to specify accuracy requirements for the Class of device and doesn't have anything about compulsion to use any particular class for medical purposes.
I suspect their recommendations are probably a good idea, but I was after actual UK/EU documents telling us what we 'MUST' use.
If I am reading the alert correctly "it is a legal requirement to have equipment that is appropriately accurate" and "all
new medical weighing equipment should be of Class III accuracy (or higher if appropriate)".
We also use 877's which are swapped out annually and replaced with a freshly verified set.
We used to have a contractor that did the verification at the patient's home, but a change of supplier means we now have to bring them back to base to be checked. Consequentially we have to keep a stock of 'good' scales for exchange.