Disabled, elderly, and pregnant patients have had a historically difficult time getting a thorough assessment because getting onto an examination table can be challenging. The majority of medical offices have fixed-height exam tables, which can be problematic for patients with mobility limitations. As a result, patients are embarrassed and uncomfortable when going to the doctor’s office and may actively choose to avoid the experience altogether.
Current solutions to the problem of examination tables are limited.
- One solution is a height-adjustable table that can move up and down based on patients needs. However, these take up a large amount of space in the examination room, require a level of knowledge/training on how to operate them, and are very costly.
- Elements such as straps, stabilization cushions. wedges, and rolled up towels are also used. These help patient transfer onto table while allowing them stability. However, these simple solutions still require the nurse to be used as leverage when getting onto examination table.
A detachable handrail offers the most convenience to patients and healthcare providers alike. The removable rail offers quick access to those patients who need it, and easy detachment for those who don't. It is cost efficient and allows easier access to the patient to provide a more thorough examination.
Created with images by Charles Deluvio - "Doctor's office" • National Cancer Institute - "A Caucasian male doctor from the Oncology Branch consults with a Caucasian female adult patient, who is sitting up in a hospital bed."