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Accessible Medical Equipment


The most important piece of accessible medical equipment to meet the needs of an individual with a disability is the examination table. The types of examinations that will be performed will determine the table that will be used.  A few components of a good examination table are:

  • An adjustable-height examination table with the ability to lower to a height of 17”–19” is the optimal choice for an individual with a mobility disability. 
  • Rails, handles or a transfer board will allow an independent patient to transfer to the exam table or chair. 
  • Support rails, straps, stabilizing cushions, wedges or rolled up towels will ensure the comfort and safety of the patient once on the table. 
  • Medical staff should be trained and available to assistant a patient if needed.
  • Accessible scales provide important information when caring for a patient with a mobility disability.  The scale should have a (1) sloped surface, (2) edge protection at drop off, a (3) large platform to accomodate various wheelcair sizes, and (4) enough space to manuever on and off the scale.
  • Radiologic and mammography equipment have  specific protocols when used by individuals with a mobility disability. Often a lift onto the table or a height adjustment is required to perform the test.

Accessible Wheelchair Scale


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