Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Independence Center, Mission Medical unveil exam table for disabled patients

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 10:40 AM

click to enlarge The new exam table. - COURTESY THE INDEPENDENCE CENTER
  • Courtesy the Independence Center
  • The new exam table.
Sometimes, it's the little things that make the biggest difference. Like a doctor's exam table.

That's why the disability nonprofit, the Independence Center, and the free Mission Medical Clinic were so excited to unveil a new accessible exam table at the clinic Feb. 27. The two organizations partnered to buy the table.

"People with disabilities have reported waiting years or even decades to have preventative screenings such as pap smears or something as simple as getting a body weight to base medication dosage upon," a press release from the Independence Center notes.

The problem is that without specialized equipment, people with limited muscle control, or who use wheelchairs, must be transferred to an exam table and risk being dropped during the awkward move. It's also extremely difficult to measure height and weight for patients that cannot stand to use traditional equipment.

According to the release:

The UpScale exam table, built by Medical Accessibility, LLC, features a built in scale and measuring tape for taking important measurements, the ability to raise and lower to necessary transfer height, heavy duty grab bars, high weight capacity, and foot stirrups for pelvic exams, among other features. As part of the collaborative effort between The IC and Mission Medical, Medical Accessibility, LLC has agreed to offer their UpScale exam tables to other health providers in Colorado for a discounted price. 

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