Scottish nurse weighs in with new invention

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Gillian Taylor (second from right) invented the device out of frustration

The Scottish nurse who invented a revolutionary weighing scale to help hospital patients get life-saving drugs quicker has said it was born out of “frustration”. Gillian Taylor was working as an emergency department nurse when the idea came to her.

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The Patient Transfer Scale is a simple-looking board on the outside but it can weigh someone as they are moved from a trolley to a bed

She says it grew from a need to give medication quickly, which is crucial in conditions like stroke or sepsis. To do that you need to know how much someone weighs.”There’s no quick way of weighing them at the moment,” Ms Taylor says.”What is available takes time and is cumbersome.” She says the new invention allows medics to take the weight of the patient using an already existing process.

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