As we often remind folks, scales and weighing related solutions are all around us. Today we wanted to take a look at an application that you might not think about when it comes to weight.
Paying it forward should accomplish things that the other person cannot accomplish on their own. From this, the practice of helping one another can spread exponentially throughout society, at a ratio of three to one, creating a social movement with an impact of making the world a better place.
The New England Organ Bank regularly facilitates the ultimate “pay it forward,” using one lost life to save or improve another.
All organ and tissue donations begin with a weight. Once consent for donation has been obtained through either the donor’s DMV records or from next of kin, the donor’s weight must be recorded. This is one of the first qualifiers to move on to the next stage: recovery. Once a confirmed weight passes as acceptable, tissue samples undergo rigorous testing. Serology tests are run on the donor to ensure the samples are safe and disease-free. Cultures are also taken on every tissue recovered.
Prior to 2009, an accurate means of measuring weight was missing, potentially skewing acceptable donations from moving forward to the recovery phase. Donor weight was estimated based on medical records and the family’s best estimate—which was not always accurate. New England Organ Bank rightly errs on the side of caution whenever something is in question, and estimating weight meant perfectly safe tissue could be deemed unsafe for transplants. If a donor’s weight was on the border of acceptance, it would not advance to the recovery phase. A more precise means of recording donor weight was needed to ensure no acceptable tissue would be lost. The organ bank needed a custom floor scale exhibiting accurate weighments and durability, while adhering to strict sanitary standards.
In addition to accuracy, the organ bank also required a scale in the recovery area that could withstand equally important washdown requirements. Avoiding contamination is essential in the transplant process—a factor which requires special scale considerations. With the installation of the custom washdown-ready Rice Lake floor scale, the donor’s weight is now precisely recorded and converted into kilograms, which is the industry standard unit of measure. This weight is used to calculate the total amount of blood and plasma a donor can receive without compromising the tissue sample; too much fluid given results in dilution, making it unfit for transplantation.
“The scale needs to provide an accurate weight of the donor,” Kristina explains. “This is very important because if the scale is off, or the weight is estimated, the calculation for fluid levels won’t be accurate. We are very happy with Rice Lake’s floor scale which gives us readings down to a tenth of a gram.”
Another wonderful example of how Rice Lake scales work accurately and provide a high quality solution for many industries throughout the world. Whether it’s wash down with water or industrial warehouse type scales; pounds or grams, the odds are pretty good that you can find a Rice Lake scale, either standard or custom built that will meet your requirements.