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Prevention of Sliding in Seated Mobility - Part Two

18/12/2012

​Last month, I wrote about the effects of sliding and the common “quick fixes” and why they tend to not work effectively.  This month, I would like to review some of the common equipment and musculo-skeletal factors that influence the potential for sliding as it is only by understanding the causes of sliding that we can find the true solutions.  Next month, I will discuss features of generic seating and wheelchair configuration that may assist in preventing sliding

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Prevention of Sliding in Seated Mobility - Part One

20/11/2012

​This month, I would like to focus on the prevention of sliding from a wheelchair.  I will talk about the effects of sliding and the common “quick fixes” and why they do not work.  Next month, I will review how understanding the cause of sliding helps to find the true solution.  I will discuss features of generic seating and wheelchair configuration that may assist in preventing sliding

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Dynamic Tilt and Pressure Redistribution

18/10/2012

​This month, let’s focus on dynamic tilt, or tilt-in-space, wheelchairs.  We will look at the clinical indicators for their use as well as what the research has found regarding dynamic tilt and pressure redistribution.

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De-mystifying Power Wheelchairs - Selecting Electronics

10/09/2012

​In continuing our series on de-mystifying power wheelchairs, this month let’s look more closely at electronics.  Electronics for power wheelchairs can be categorized into expandable and non-expandable options.  What this refers to is the degree to which the electronics allow different input devices, power options, drive profiles and functionality with assistive technology.

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De-mystifying Power Wheelchairs - The Control Module

15/08/2012

As I stated in last month’s article, in continuing to “de-mystify” power wheelchairs, we will look at how the controller, or control module, works to provide instructions to the motors to move the power wheelchair in the desired manner

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De-mystifying Power Wheelchairs - Batteries and Motors

13/07/2012

​In last month’s article, I wrote about Power Programming Basics and the common adjustments that can be made to the programming of a power wheelchair to affect the drive-ability of such a chair for a particular user.  Over the next few months, I would like to focus on the “gross anatomy” of a power wheelchair base to help in de-mystifying power wheelchairs for those who may not feel comfortable working with power wheelchairs.  A power base includes the following: wheels, casters, motors, batteries, and the controller.

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Power Programming Basics

04/06/2012

​Recently, my colleague, Ken Kalinowski, and I presented a workshop on the Power of Programming at the Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference (CSMC) in Toronto.  (Ken is the Senior Service Technician and Technical Trainer with Sunrise Medical.  He teaches Power Technical Training Programs in Canada and the United States.)  I think it is fabulous to have the opportunity to learn hands-on, but for those of you who did not have the opportunity to attend CSMC and who are not very familiar with programming for power wheelchairs, this month’s article will help to increase your comfort level with the very basics of programming for power chairs.

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Wear in Wheelchair Cushions

03/05/2012

​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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Sharing a Question and an Answer

05/04/2012

Recently, I received an email question through my blog from an occupational therapist and her question struck me as a really interesting example of how product design can influence skin protection in a particular clinical scenario.  With the therapist’s consent, I will share a synopsis of her question to me and my response. (Please note that some of the details regarding the client have been altered to ensure client privacy.)

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Considering Wheelchair Configuration for Skin Protection

12/03/2012

​Well, if you have been following this series, you will know that I have written about different aspects of wheelchair cushions, such as the material, design, and cushion cover, and how these may affect skin protection for a person using the cushion. You will also know that I have said that no one cushion will work best for all people. This month, I would like to write a reminder for everyone to consider wheelchair configuration and how this may influence the effectiveness of the cushion in providing skin protection.

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Skin Protection and Cushion Design

04/01/2012

​Past articles have looked at various materials commonly used in wheelchair cushions and different types of cushion covers and their relative ability to effect skin protection.  This month, let’s think about how some materials may be formed into a cushion and how the shape and design of a cushion can effect skin protection

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