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ADA Compliance With Medical Equipment

By Rachel Bates

It’s crucial for medical practitioners to provide to their patients medical equipment, podiatry equipment, dental equipment, plastic surgery equipment, and dermatology equipment that has ADA compliance. Individuals who have disabilities experience greater trouble with daily activities-including with getting access to daily preventive medical care-than do individuals without disabilities. A federal law, the Americans with Disabilities Act (or the ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. This law requires that all medical practitioners provide accessibility to all patients, including to those who have disabilities. Besides the civil rights aspect of accessible medical care, it’s also important from a medical perspective for people with disabilities to get full access to services-so that their initial health issues are diagnosed and treated before becoming potentially life threatening.

There are many specific criteria listed by the ADA for medical equipment, all intended to provide equality of access to services between those with disabilities and those without. Traditional fixed-height treatment, exam, or procedure chairs and tables are typically too high for individuals with mobility disabilities. These patients generally need adjustable-height chairs or tables. These can be positioned quite low for normal floor entries or transfers from wheelchairs by less flexible or less mobile individuals. To be ADA-compliant, exam table and chairs must go as low as the level of wheelchair seats (between 17 and 19 inches from the floor.)

Support rails and handles are sometimes needed at the sides of procedure tables for stability, support, and fall prevention during transfers of patients with disabilities or during normal use. These rails and handles, as well as stabilization cushions, rolled-up towels, straps, and foam wedges must be available for use with tables and chairs that are ADA compliant. Such armrests and support rails must also be adjustable and removable, with continuous gripping surfaces.

Different types of exam tables are available for various uses. Some tables articulate and fold like chairs. Some tilt so they can provide patient support during transfers and positioning. Some tables simply remain flat. Whatever styles of exam tables and chairs used, they must afford all users equal accessibility. This includes being able to adjust extensions such as footrests, headrests, and armrests for more positioning and support options and proficiency of examination. Many power chairs have dual-user programmable positioning to facilitate rapid power tilt and lift functions. This quickly accesses frequently used positions, including, contour, upright, trendelenburg, and flat.

Many medical professionals qualify to access the ADA Section 44 Tax Credit for their investment of equipment meeting ADA compliance. This federal government tax credit allows funding for up to half of the purchase price (as much as $5000) of medical equipment, podiatry equipment, dental equipment, or plastic surgery equipment and the like. This specific tax credit relates to many types of ADA mandated improvements for people with disabilities, including “access to medical care for individuals with mobility disabilities.” The credit is potentially available to medical practitioners who purchase power chairs and tables for facilitating access to their medical, podiatry, dental, or plastic surgery patients.

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