Dr. Audrey Nelson, Director, Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, Tampa VA


Healthcare organizations and patient and advocacy groups around the country will come together November 1 – 7, 2008, to celebrate National Patient Accessibility Week (NPAW). NPAW is a national education and awareness-building campaign focused on the reality that healthcare providers need and are obligated by law to have accessible, barrier-free facilities for patients who have disabilities. And, NPAW also supports the need for accessible healthcare facilities for patients with other mobility concerns, including elderly and obese patients.

  • VA Hospital Exterior
  • Man Wheeled into Hospital
  • Wheelchair Scale
  • Elderly Man Assisted on Barrier-Free® Exam Table
  • Accessible Lift
  • Obese Person on Barrier-Free Table
  • Disabled Person on Barrier-Free Table
  • Disabled Person Enters Hospital

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Height adjustable examination tables that are wheelchair height address the physical limitations of all patients, including the elderly, disabled, obese and expectant mothers.

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Accessible scales allow a medical provider to comply with the ADA, by accurately obtaining the weight of all patients during a medical visit.

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