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August 30, 1952


Author Affiliations

San Francisco

From the Department of Medicine, Hospital for Women and Children.

JAMA. 1952;149(18):1647-1648. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.72930350003009b

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In several departments of a general hospital it is necessary to weigh patients who are confined to bed. The difficulty of doing this by methods usually available has been felt especially in the medical service in cases in which frequent weighing is necessary to determine water retention or loss as well as changes in nutrition. The apparatus illustrated in the figure was designed to fill this need. It was built in the maintenance shop of a hospital and required only materials readily available.

In use, the scales and lifting lever are hung over the patient's bed from any type of overhead frame. The lifting board, a 2 by 6 ft. sheet of ¾ in. plywood, is then slid under the patient, and the four lifting wires are attached to the corners of the board by snap hooks. The attendant raises the weighing apparatus by pulling down on the long lever

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