View Poll Results: How accesible do you find your doctor's office

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    6 33.33%
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    5 27.78%
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    Accessible medical facilities

    I just had an unsatisfactory checkup with my dermatologist. The lift which was supposed to be available wasn't. I have moles on my backside that didn't get checked. I'm wondering what others here experience when seeing doctors?
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    Sadly, I fine this more often then not. At least they were "supposed" to have had one. Most places that I have gone to feel that lifting me with a group of people is a "safe" way to do it. *I'm no light weight, so I don't feel safe* I've even had the situation where they had a lift, but upon time for me to return to my chair, the lift quit. One nurses aids fix for this was "just transfer using a sliding board, the transfer is going down hill". I refused due to the fact the down hill slope was about eight inches!!!! I am in the process of being scheduled for a thyrogen scan at the hospital. I asked the tech at the doctors office to make sure they know I'm in a chair and that I DO NOT transfer, and they need a lift. I got a call back from the tech who said the hospital said there would be no issue. I do know this particular hospital does have a lift that I have used in the past. Now to see if they actually put in the effort to find it.

    Hope others have had better happenings.

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    They have a lift somewhere -And can put you on a stretcher? Or a portable lift .. They don't have to have one in that office. Call Pstient Advocate at that hospital. Cwo

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomRL View Post
    I just had an unsatisfactory checkup with my dermatologist. The lift which was supposed to be available wasn't. I have moles on my backside that didn't get checked. I'm wondering what others here experience when seeing doctors?
    Oh I thought this was only referring to general doctor, I find unless you go to hospital for everything you're pretty much screwed if you can't transfer yourself. For the private places I understand though, it's not very common. So I don't get mad about it, I just make sure to usehospital facilities. One thing that does bother me at the hospital is when they get visibly pissy about getting the lift,really bugs me, like I need to feel like more of a burden than I already do, just emphasizes pathetic which makes me very quiet and miserable... I've only ever said something once and it was just along the lines of trust me it's a whole hell of a lot worse for me, you think I want to get in the fing thing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesMcM View Post
    Oh I thought this was only referring to general doctor, I find unless you go to hospital for everything you're pretty much screwed if you can't transfer yourself. For the private places I understand though, it's not very common. So I don't get mad about it, I just make sure to usehospital facilities. One thing that does bother me at the hospital is when they get visibly pissy about getting the lift,really bugs me, like I need to feel like more of a burden than I already do, just emphasizes pathetic which makes me very quiet and miserable... I've only ever said something once and it was just along the lines of trust me it's a whole hell of a lot worse for me, you think I want to get in the fing thing!
    You said it all. I'm not going back to my local hospital anymore for this reason. The last time I went from my recling chair to the bed. The bed was only an inch higher, my butt got stuck between the chair and bed. When I got into the bed the nurse said he could have done more to help. I'm a C-5. I'm going to a bigger city hospital next time.
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    All of your complaints are quite simple to see resolved, a letter (Registered mail return receipt requested) to the ADA and the Local office of the Federal DOJ. List every occurrence of each time you feel you have been mishandled due to lack of proper equipment or your inability to access your care.

    I personally have no complaints, I can pretty easily transfer. But the local Hospital and everyone concerned is more than helpful getting the things necessary to assist in my handling and care during my many stays there. And believe it or not promptly!

    I do know some of the smaller local hospital facilities are struggling financially, and they are convenient for many folks. However, your complaints "should" really assist them in acquiring the necessary equipment to allow you access and safe transfer to be treated. Just try to be polite, it is quite obvious that some professional frustration might exist with some staff not being able to do their job properly.

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    CWO - I do know the hospital has a portable lift, as I have had to use it during ER visits in the past. However, like James said they are rather "pissy" about getting it. They will insist that a group of people can "lift" me. Perhaps they can, but it is NOT a safe way to transfer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treeza04 View Post
    CWO - I do know the hospital has a portable lift, as I have had to use it during ER visits in the past. However, like James said they are rather "pissy" about getting it. They will insist that a group of people can "lift" me. Perhaps they can, but it is NOT a safe way to transfer.
    I'm pretty light, if they can get at least one young guy, I'm perfectly fine with manual lifting, I actually prefer it; that's how I transfer at physiotherapy. I find being in the Hoyer lift degrading; not that getting fireman toss is much better. I never hospital staff give me T he alternative though.

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    The only way this is going to change is if people insist upon their right to be transferred in a safe way (manual lifting puts both you AND their staff at risk), and if you have attitude or other problems related to this, that you complain loud and long to Patient Advocates (in hospitals) or the physician and office manager in private offices, or even to your insurance company. I would also recommend that you become familiar with the ADA regulations related to access to health care, so you can quote them when needed, and that if the problem persists, that you advocate for both yourself and other PWD by filing a formal ADA complete with the DOJ.

    Some resources:

    http://www.ada.gov/medcare_mobility_ta/medcare_ta.htm

    https://adata.org/factsheet/accessible-health-care

    http://www.pacer.org/publications/adaqa/health.asp

    http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/pubs/553101.pdf

    (KLD)

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    Tons of research showing that health care personnel (male OR female) should NOT manually lift a patient weighing more than 35 lb. This is actually now a NIOSH and OSHA standard in the USA.

    Health care staff (RNs, aides, and PTs) in the USA have for years been in the top 10 of on-the-job injuries; I have know many nurses in my career who had career-ending shoulder, neck and back injuries from moving patients. 10% of all nurses were being removed from the healthcare workforce annually due to these injuries.

    Thank goodness where I work, and many other places in the USA have followed the lead of Europe (and Canada) in mandating Safe Patient Handling and Movement standards that prevent most of these injuries. To date, 10 states have passed legislation, and it is mandated for all VA hospitals and clinics. We use lifts and other devices now...and your caregivers at home should do the same, if you care about them.

    (KLD)

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