In May 2012, I wrote an article for my Clinical Corner blog, titled “Wear in Wheelchair Cushions”. If you missed that post, you may click on the following link to read the article. I continue to receive questions on how to determine when a wheelchair cushion requires replacement so I thought it would be a good idea to revisit this topic. This month, I will update the discussion on wear in wheelchair cushions by reviewing research that has been published since my blog article was posted.
Often when I go into hospitals and other facilities – places that have equipment pools for seating and mobility, but limited budgets for replacement items – I am asked “How can you tell if a cushion is worn out?” Because of the frequency of that question, I thought it would make a great topic for Clinical Corner. It is also a topic that is applicable for evaluating an individual wheelchair user’s cushion to determine when a replacement cushion may be needed if there are no provincial funding guidelines.
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