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Maintaining Medical Scales: 5 Ways to Care for Your Scale

Proper medical scale maintenance is critical to a scale’s accuracy and performance. Use these five tips to help ensure lasting scale accuracy.


1.    Find the Best Place for Your Scale

  • When choosing where to place your scale, ensure it will be located on a flat, hard surface and avoid padded or thick carpeted floors.

  • If a scale is placed on a surface that isn’t level or adequately supported, weight readings may be inaccurate.


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2.    Perform Basic Scale Maintenance

  • Check the scale's overall appearance to ensure no apparent signs of damage.

  • Inspect the condition of the AC adapter. Make sure it is intact and safe to use.

  • Change the batteries when the low-level annunciator is indicated on the display.

  • Only use the AC adapter supplied or recommended by the scale manufacturer.


3.    Thoroughly Clean Your Scale

  • Before starting the cleaning process, turn the power off and disconnect the scale from the AC power source if using the adapter.

  • Clean all external surfaces with a clean, damp cloth or tissue. Mild soap and water solution may be used.

  • Dry with a clean, soft cloth.

  • Do not immerse the scale in cleaning or other liquid solutions.


4.    Store Your Scale in a Safe Place

  • Store your medical scales in a clean, dry place when not used.

  • Avoid areas with high humidity and potential for water on the scale.


5.    Learn How to Check Your Scale

  • Using bodyweight or consumer barbell weights may not result in true accuracy.

  • Use only certified calibration weights to guarantee your scale’s reading is correct.

  • Refer to the scale manufacturer's manual for information about the recommended test weight percentage of your scale’s capacity. It is recommended to check your scale with 10% of the scale’s capacity or 100 pounds on a routine basis. This will establish a baseline and determine whether a scale is within acceptable tolerances or needs recalibration.

  • Do not shock load or drop weights onto the scale.

  • Always place weights in the center of the scale.


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