Wedderburn is honoured to announce that the revolutionary Patient Transfer Scale (PTS) has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. The PTS was invented by UK Nurse Gillian Taylor and is manufactured by Marsden. Wedderburn is the exclusive distributor of the PTS in both New Zealand and Australia, and we are proud to be able to offer this unique solution to help improve patient outcomes.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses and provides a globally recognised royal seal of approval for UK companies. There are four categories in the award; Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity through social mobility.
The selection process begins with a pool of companies recommended by the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee from which Her Majesty the Queen personally approves the winners.
The invention of UK Emergency Department Nurse, Gillian Taylor secured this prestigious award. Initially launched in 2018, the PTS is a revolutionary weighing solution designed to accurately weigh immobile patients without wasting valuable time, during the lateral transfer process.
Essentially a patient transfer board with a built-in scale, the PTS has been designed to make the weighing process easier for medical staff and significantly improve patient outcomes. A patient’s weight is needed for accurate drug doses and to obtain a nutritional score, however it can be difficult to determine if the patient is immobile or too unwell to sit or stand on a scale. With the PTS, every patient can be weighed during lateral transfer, eliminating the need to estimate a patient’s weight.
Gillian Taylor, inventor of the PTS says, “A patient’s weight can be critical to delivering the right treatment at the right time. With the PTS now available, every hospital in the world can improve patient care, enhance outcomes and administer medication and treatment with confidence”.
The PTS is ideal for a range of hospital departments including emergency – where it means a weight for every patient can easily be recorded on admission. This ensures that drugs can be administered as quickly as patient’s treatment can begin. As the PTS is part of the ongoing procedure of lateral transfer, it eliminates the need for healthcare professionals to perform a separate task in this already time critical environment.
Congratulations to inventor Gillian Taylor and manufacturer Marsden on this prestigious award.