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How accurate are hospital scales?

Rimma Goldberg and Geoffrey Hebbard
Med J Aust 2011; 194 (12): 665.
Published online: 20 June 2011

To the Editor: Weight fluctuations may lead to significant changes in a patient’s treatment, so it is vital that hospital scales are accurate. A literature review revealed that calibration,1 accuracy2 and centralised hospital quality control3 of hospital scales were issues that are being recognised and addressed around the world. We audited all scales at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, city campus, to assess their accuracy and identify the types of scales that are likely to be most accurate.

  • Rimma Goldberg1
  • Geoffrey Hebbard2

  • 1 St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.


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