Celebrating 5 Years of Clinical Corner!

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Clinical Corner is 5 years old!  As I mentioned in Happy Anniversary..., I began writing articles related to the clinical aspects of seating and mobility for our monthly Sunrise Medical Newsletter, SUNMED News, in January 2011. In March 2011, a blog was started as a way to archive the Clinical Corner newsletter articles and to have them accessible to those who do not receive our newsletter.

For the past 5 years, the blog www.clinical-corner.com has been hosted on WordPress, a blogging site. Due to advancements and enhancements on the Sunrise Medical website, we are finally able to host the Clinical Corner blog on our website! This means that the blog will be moving from the WordPress site to our Sunrise Medical website. Don’t worry – you can continue to keep www.clinical-corner.com saved as a Favourite on your Smartphone or computer as the link to www.clinical-corner.com will be re-directed to www.sunrisemedical.ca/blog.

In order to assist our webmaster in creating the Tag Cloud at the right of the blog, which allows for easy searching by topic, I was asked to provide tag words for each of the articles I have written – 59 articles so far! You can imagine that this caused me to pause and reflect on the content of each of the articles.  And that is what triggered the idea for this blog post! As I have written on so many different subject areas, what a good time to review the various topics and related article titles. I think it is also a nice way to celebrate five years of Clinical Corner by having a look back. This will be the first time that all of the Clinical Corner titles have been categorized and listed in one place. (Hint: You may want to save this webpage as one of your favourites!)

The main topic areas in which I have written include: Assessment and Wheelchair Provision; Seating; Skin Protection; Positioning; Manual Mobility; Power Mobility; Preventing Sliding; Considerations for Individuals who are Bariatric; Transit Standards; and Education.  Let’s take a look at the article titles that are under each main topic area as a reminder of all of the articles available on Clinical Corner.  Click on the title for a direct link to the article. (While some articles could be listed under more than one heading, for brevity I have listed each article title only once according to the main focus of the article.)

Assessment and Wheelchair Provision

The Hands On Assessment
Best Practices in Seating and Mobility Assessments
More on Seating and Mobility Assessments
The Steps to Wheelchair Provision


Goals of Seating and Considerations for Generic Seating Product Parameters
Seating Considerations - The Back Rest
Skin Protection and Seating: Thoughts on Pressure Reduction
Skin Protection and Cushion Materials
Skin Protection and Cushion Covers
Skin Protection and Cushion Design
Sharing a Question and an Answer
Wear in Wheelchair Cushions
Wear in Wheelchair Cushions 2.0
Customizing Off-the-Shelf Seating
Custom Seating

Skin Protection

Pressure Sores and Skin Protection
Weight Shifting and Pressure Management
Weight Shifting and Pressure Management 2.0
Considering Wheelchair Configuration for Skin Protection
Dynamic Tilt and Pressure Redistribution


Practical Seating Considerations - Pelvic Obliquity
Practical Seating Considerations - Posterior Pelvic Tilt
More on Practical Seating Considerations - Posterior Pelvic Tilt
Practical Seating Considerations - Anterior Pelvic Tilt
Practical Seating Considerations - Pelvic Rotation
Wheelchair Head Supports Part 1
Wheelchair Head Supports - Part 2: Pads and Customizations

Manual Mobility

Early Intervention Devices
Manual Mobility: The Basics
Manual Wheelchair Prescription: Beginning with the Future in Mind
Centre of Gravity and Manual Wheelchairs
More on Rear Wheel Position and Standard Manual Wheelchairs
Vertical Rear Wheel Position in Manual Wheelchairs
Rolling Resistance in Manual Wheelchairs
Front Caster Position in Manual Wheelchairs
More on Rear Wheels of Manual Wheelchairs - Lateral Position and Camber
Maneuverability in Manual Wheelchairs - What Fork to Use?
The Weight Factor of Manual Wheelchairs
The Science of Manual Tilt Mechanisms

Power Mobility

Pushrim Activated Power Assist Wheelchairs - Clinical Benefits and Considerations
Power Mobility: Comparing Mid-Wheel, Rear-Wheel and Front-Wheel Drive
De-mystifying Power Wheelchairs - Batteries and Motors
De-mystifying Power Wheelchairs - The Control Module
De-mystifying Power Wheelchairs – Selecting Electronics
Power Programming Basics
Specialty Controls for Power Wheelchairs

Preventing Sliding

Prevention of Sliding in Seated Mobility - Part One
Prevention of Sliding in Seated Mobility - Part Two
Prevention of Sliding in Seated Mobility - Part Three

Considerations for Individuals who are Bariatric

Seating and Mobility Considerations for Individuals who are Bariatric - Part 1: Body Shape
Seating and Mobility Considerations for Individuals who are Bariatric - Part 2: Assessment and Seating
Seating and Mobility Considerations for Individuals who are Bariatric - Part 3: Mobility Base

Transit Standards

WC19: Wheelchairs Used as Seats in Motor Vehicles
Wheelchair Tiedowns and Occupant Restraint Systems and Standards
WC20 and Secondary Postural Supports When Travelling in Motor Vehicles
More on Wheelchair Transit Safety Standards


Happy Anniversary...
Another Anniversary!
Knowledge to Action: Wheelchair Cushions

This month’s article has allowed us to celebrate the past five years of Clinical Corner by looking back on past article titles, categorizing them, and providing direct links to the articles, all in one place. As we move into the future with Clinical Corner, please provide your comments, questions and suggestions. I look forward to hearing from you!

Warm regards,

Sheilagh Sherman, BA, BHScOT, MHM, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Clinical Educator
Sunrise Medical Canada

Note: The content of this article is not meant to be prescriptive; rather, it is meant as a general resource for clinicians to then use clinical reasoning skills to determine optimal seating and mobility solutions for individual clients. Sheilagh is unable to answer questions from members of the general public.  Members of the general public are directed to their own therapists or other health care professionals to ask questions regarding seating and mobility needs.

This article is © Sunrise Medical, Inc., 2016 and cannot be copied, distributed, or otherwise reproduced in whole or in part without the express written permission of Sunrise Medical Canada.

Sheilagh Sherman,
BA, BHScOT, MHM, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Sheilagh joined Sunrise Medical Canada in 2010 as our full-time Clinical Educator. Prior to joining Sunrise, Sheilagh gained extensive clinical experience from working in a variety of settings, including in-patient rehabilitation, complex continuing care, and community rehabilitation. As Clinical Educator, Sheilagh is a clinical resource for therapists across Canada involved in seating and mobility. She teaches in-services and leads workshops and seminars on the clinical aspects of seating and mobility. In addition, Sheilagh hosts monthly webinars for therapists and vendors.

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