Conclusion and Footnotes

The Access Board has made a preliminary determination based on the preliminary regulatory assessment that the benefits of the proposed standards will justify the costs; that the proposed standards will impose the least burden on society, consistent with obtaining the regulatory objectives; and that the regulatory approach selected will maximize net benefits.

January 30, 2012

 


Footnotes

[1] “Americans with Disabilities: 2005” (2008) available at: http://www.census.gov/prod/2008pubs/p70-117.pdf.

[2] “A Profile of Older Americans: 2010” available at: http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Aging_Statistics/Profile/index.aspx.

[3] See footnote 1.

[4] The results of the survey are reported in Jill M. Winters, Molly Follette Story, Kris Barnekow, June Issacson Kailes, Brenda Premo, Erin Schier, Sarma Danturthi, and Jack M. Winters, “Results of a National Survey on Accessibility of Medical Instrumentation for Consumers,” in “Medical Instrumentation Accessibility and Usability Considerations,” edited by Jack M. Winters and Molly Follette Story (Boca Raton, CRC Press, 2007), 13-27.

[5] The results of the focus group sessions are reported in Molly Follette Story, Erin Schwier, and June Issacson Kailes, “Perspectives of Patients with Disabilities on the Accessibility of Medical Equipment: Examination Tables, Imaging Equipment, Medical Chairs, and Weight Scales,” Disability and Health Journal 2 (2009), 169-179.

[6] The report is available at: http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2009/Sept302009.

[7] The report is available at: http://www.cdihp.org/products.html#tables.

[8] Lifting and transferring patients is a major risk factor for back injury among nurses and health aides. See Alan Hedge, “Back Care for Nurses” available at: http://www.spineuniverse.com/wellness/ergonomics/back-care-nurses.

[9] Bariatric tables were not included.

[10] One of the manufacturers makes digital wheelchair scales with a ramped platform (6 models) and with a flush platform in floor (6 models). The MSRP for the wheelchair scales were not listed on the manufacturer’s website or medical equipment suppliers’ websites, and are not included in columns on products or products in sample.

[11] Hausman 4723 ($2,425 MSRP http://www.quickmedical.com/hausmann-power-plinth-treatment-table-4723.html) and Oakworks ProLuxe Seville and Celestra PerformaLift-Rectangular Top ($1,479 and $2,370 MSRP http://www.oakworks.com/electric-lift-tables.asp) are examples of adjustable height treatment tables. Other manufacturers produce
adjustable height treatment tables within the same cost range.

[12] Befour makes digital wheelchair scales with a ramped platform (6 models) and with a flush platform in floor (6 models). The MSRP for the wheelchair scales were not listed on the manufacturer’s website or medical equipment suppliers’ websites, and they are not included in the sample.