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Accessible Furniture and Medical Equipment

Reprinted from PN April 2011

PVA encouraged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to issue regulations requiring accessible furniture and medical equipment.

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On January 24, 2011, PVA encouraged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to issue regulations requiring accessible furniture and medical equipment. PVA focused on the lack of accessible medical equipment and the health consequences to its members. We discussed accessible exam tables, gurneys, and patient beds; transfer methods; weight scales; and rehabilitation and diagnostic equipment.

PVA again encouraged DOJ to address accessibility in hotel rooms, primarily beds, as soon as possible. Beds in wheelchair-accessible rooms should be a maximum of 23" high, and have a clear floor space of 8-9" beneath the center of the bed to allow use of a Hoyer lift. PVA also invited DOJ staff to meet with PVA architects to discuss the structural needs of people with spinal-cord injury/dysfunction.

These comments were submitted to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Proposed rules will be issued sometime in the future, with another opportunity to comment.

 

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