Medical Equipment Access

1. TRAINING MATERIALS

 

TIP SHEETS

  • Tips for Weighing Patients Using an Accessible ScalePDF    Word

BRIEFS

  • Importance of Accessible Examination Tables & Wheelchair Scales (2010)  PDF (1.57MB)   Word (7.93MB). Covers:
    • Reasons why medical offices should have height-adjustable examination, treatment tables and chairs, and accessible weight-scales:
      • Improving quality of care for people with disabilities and activity limitations,
      • Preventing and reducing health care professionals’ workplace injuries,
      • Avoiding costly legal problems,
      • Taking advantage of tax incentives, and
      • Features of accessible examination tables, chairs, and weight-scales
    • Locating manufacturers.
  • Access to Medical Care for Individuals with Mobility Disabilities (May 2010), (last accessed 9.14.10) U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section. Provides guidance for medical care professionals on the ADA’s requirement to provide accessible health care to individuals with mobility disabilities and includes an overview of general ADA requirements, commonly asked questions, and illustrated examples of accessible facilities, examination rooms, and medical equipment.

2. BACKGROUND INFORMATION

  • Review of Legal Research on Accessible Medical Equipment. (2005) (last accessed 9.14.10), Covers:
    • Complaints to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and to the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS);
    • Private lawsuits regarding medical malpractice due to in-accessible medical equipment; and
    • Private lawsuits regarding workplace injuries to nurses caused by lifting and/or transferring patients with disabilities.
  • Importance of Accessible Mammography Equipment (2009) Covers discussion and illustrations:
    • Reasons why medical facilities should have height-adjustable / wheelchair accessible mammography equipment;
    • Accessible and inaccessible features of mammography equipment; and
    • Accessories to improve access.

Mammography

A short text document that provides suggested questions and information concerning accommodations women with disabilities might require when scheduling a mammography appointment. Giving the caller the opportunity to alert staff to her specific needs prior to her appointment will help her feel less anxious and more welcomed by the facility.