ADA Guidelines to Designing A Wheelchair and Handicap Accessible Kitchen What Is a Handicap Accessible Kitchen? Accessible kitchens are designed such that individuals with disabilities or mobility issues can use them safely and comfortably. These individuals include wheelchair users, people with mobility impairments, and individuals with strength or balance limitations. For many reasons, these individuals often have difficulty using conventional home kitchens the way they're typically designed. Fortunately, there are a number of innovative options for redesigning kitchens to make them friendlier for disabled individuals. Some of these innovations are spelled out i ..


Mobile Shower Chairs

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Mobile Shower Chairs For Special Needs & Disabled Adults A comprehensive guide to Mobile Shower Chairs Shower safety is an important concern for elderly and disabled individuals. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a quarter million people in the United States go to the emergency room for bathroom-related injuries every year, and the odds of serious injury increase with age and the presence of a disability or mobility impairment. Fortunately, there are a variety of products available to make bathrooms safer and more accessible. One such product—the mobile shower chair—offers unique and versatile solutions to bathr ..

Becoming a parent for the first time may be one of the most exciting and terrifying things you will ever experience. Amid sleepless nights (yes, that’s actually a thing), you will be responsible for making sure your little one survives and has everything she needs at all times. Still, any parent will tell you that the incomparable love and joy your child brings makes it more than worth it. Making practical preparations before baby arrives can help mitigate some of the shock of new parenthood. This could include anything from making lifestyle changes to home modifications. If you have a disability, certain tasks that come with parenting could be made more challenging. Nonetheles ..

Choosing A Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Sink As we become more aware of access issues in our buildings and communities, it's important to consider every detail of accessibility. In this article, we'll focus on bathroom washbasins—specifically on wheelchair sinks that meet or exceed ADA requirements, and how they can make both public and private restrooms safer, more comfortable, and more accessible to many individuals. What Are Wheelchair Accessible Sinks? Wheelchair accessible sinks are bathroom washbasins that have been designed to accommodate users with disabilities or limited mobility. In their most basic form, they meet minimum standards of height, cl ..


Bathroom Grab Bars

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Bathroom Grab Bars: Shower/Toilet Handrails for Elderly & Handicap Safety Shower & Toilet Grab Bars What Are Grab Bars? Grab Bars, also known as safety rails, handrails, shower bars, etc., are secure rails, typically mounted on the wall, ceiling, or floor, to help weakened, disabled, or elderly individuals safely access and navigate rooms and facilities. They come in a range of sizes and capacities, from small, light-duty handles to heavy-duty protruding support arms, fixed handrails to fully adjustable, track-mounted, “flexible” grab bar systems. They can be found around showers, toilets, sinks, changing tables, and any other essential facility ..

This is a new and exciting development. Pressalit Care ( A/S of Denmark, has added CaviCide™ to the web specifications for cleaning of their products. CaviCide™ -cleaning products, produced by Metrex™, effectively disinfect against tuberculosis, HIV-1, HBV, HCV, and even MRSA. This low-alcohol product line is recommended for use in a broad range of healthcare environments, from the ICU and neonatal areas, to long-term healthcare settings, nursing homes and group homes. CaviCide™ is used daily in many US healthcare facilities in their infection control programs. And now we know it can ..


Patient Safety USA: Hand Hygiene

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Hand Hygiene Optimal Patient Safety Begins with Hand Hygiene Good Hand Hygiene Has Long-Reaching Benefits Hand Hygiene and Pathogen Transmission Healthcare providers have long been aware of the benefits of scrupulous hand hygiene techniques – and modern research has begun to confirm those beliefs. Until now, detailed hand trajectories haven’t been cohesively examined—but a new study, released by Lauren Clack, Manuela Scotoni, Aline Wolfensberger, and Hugo Sax harnessed a head-video capture and coding tool to track hand-to-surface routes in real-life healthcare settings. The researchers’ findings will help others to design better preventive strategi ..

So many of us overlook the need for adult-friendly, accessible bathrooms in public spaces. Yet for millions around the world, a general lack of accessible restrooms poses a real challenge on a daily basis. Public, adult-accessible bathrooms can help to alleviate fear and humiliation – and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to explore the world comfortably. From grocery shopping and posting mail to sightseeing, visiting friends and family, and attending scheduled appointments, everything is easier when accessible bathrooms are clean, easy to find, and ubiquitous. Transforming Lives, One Restroom at a Time Changing Places, a UK-based organization, has made it its missi ..


Studies released this year by JAMA Internal Medicine ( reveal the power of electronic health records (EHRs) in tracking down sources of common hospital-acquired infections. By tracing the movements of nearly 90,000 patients over a three-year period, the University of California’s San Francisco Health Informatics team was able to pinpoint the sources of a single common bacterium – Clostridium, or “C. Diff.” UCSF’s findings illuminate new possibilities for EHRs, namely the potential for uncovering meaningful patterns in large-scale hospital datasets. EHRs: A Moder ..


Spotlight on Technology: How Design Thinking Can Transform Patient Safety Perhaps it’s uncommon to consider groundbreaking design when you’re thinking of patient safety, but our selection of innovative solutions to patient care is continuously pushing the boundaries between function and aesthetics. In fact, Pressalit Care, one of our select manufactuers, is thrilled to announce its most recent accolade: The Nightingale Silver Award, presented at the Healthcare Design Conference in Orlando, Florida. The Nightingale goes to Pressalit’s MATRIX M wash basin, selected as the winner due to its unique design and pioneering adaptability. MATRIX M is designed by Pressalit’ ..