Dec 13 2017 Webinar Page

Standards for Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment (MDE) – Overview and Practical Implications
Presented by: Tamara James and Rex Pace
Recorded on December 13, 2017

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

This webinar will provide background information on why and how the MDE standards were developed as well as some of the equipment changes that will be required.  Examples of how these standards are being implemented throughout a major healthcare system will also be provided.

Ms.  James is the Ergonomics Division Director at Duke University and Health System.  The Division is responsible for hazard evaluation and training of over forty-five thousand employees involved in every aspect of a medical and teaching institution.  Ms. James is a certified professional ergonomist and a certified safe patient handling professional who received a master’s degree in Human Factors Engineering and a bachelor’s degree is in Industrial Engineering.  She is a faculty member (Assistant Professor) in Community and Family Medicine.  She started the ergonomics program at Duke nearly 25 years ago and developed and implemented Duke’s safe patient handling (SPH) program nearly 15 years ago.  In 2005 Duke was awarded the Audrey Nelson Best Practices award for Safe Patient Handling at the National Safe Patient Handling and Movement conference.  She served on the board of directors for the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals.

Rex Pace joined the Access Board in April 2011 as a senior accessibility specialist.  He oversees the agency’s technical assistance program to the public on design for people with disabilities and the ADA and ABA accessibility building standards.  He is also the staff liaison to the Board’s Technical Programs Committee and a co-lead on the Standards for Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment (MDE) rulemaking.

Mr. Pace has over 30 years of experience in accessible design.  Prior to the Board, he served as an accessibility specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Disability Rights Section.  Before joining DOJ in 2006, he operated a consultancy specializing in accessible and universal design.  Mr. Pace also served as project manager and a lead designer for the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University (NCSU).  Mr. Pace is a graduate from the School of Design at NCSU.  He began work in this field in 1987 as a designer and illustrator at Barrier Free Environments, Inc. under his mentor Ron Mace, FAIA, a leading pioneer in accessible design who coined the term Universal Design.


Participants will have an understanding of:

  • why MDE standards were developed
  • how MDE standards were developed
  • the role of MDE standards in safe patient handling and movement
  • some case examples of how the standards can be implemented
  • challenges for healthcare organizations in the future

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

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