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Steer Correction for Power Mobility

20/12/2016

Have you ever driven your vehicle and felt like you had to correct the steering to continue to go in the direction you intended? Most likely, the answer is yes. This may have occurred if you drove over a bumpy dirt road or other rough terrain. It may have occurred if two wheels were on one surface, such as a road, and the other two wheels were on another surface, such as a soft shoulder, or when there was a transition between two surfaces. Drivers of power wheelchairs also may experience circumstances when correction of the steering is required. This month, Clinical Corner will focus on technical solutions to address steer correction in power mobility.

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Seat Elevation in Power Mobility

29/11/2016

Seat elevation in a power wheelchair is a lift of the seat pan on the vertical plane, as the picture below illustrates.  Seat elevation raises and lowers the height of the seating system, without changing seat to back or seat to floor angles.  While seat elevation can be prescribed with other power positioning features, such as power tilt, recline and elevating leg rests, the focus of this month’s Clinical Corner article will be solely on power seat elevation. 

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Six In The Six

27/10/2016

Why the title “Six in The Six”?  Well, October marks my six year anniversary with Sunrise Medical.  For the past two Octobers, I have celebrated each anniversary with a look back and I thought I would do the same this year.  Although Sunrise Medical Canada’s head office is just north of “The Six” (or Toronto as it is more commonly known), I cannot resist an alliteration for the title of this anniversary article of Clinical Corner. 

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Scooters: The Essentials of What You Need to Know

28/09/2016

Past Clinical Corner articles have looked at Power Assist Wheelchairs and Power Wheelchairs.  Let’s continue our look at powered mobility by focusing on scooters this month.  We will look at clinical considerations in determining if a scooter is an appropriate mobility device for an individual and look at the essential components of a scooter to better understand this mobility device. 

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Scooters: The Essentials of What You Need to Know

12/09/2016

Past Clinical Corner articles have looked at Power Assist Wheelchairs and Power Wheelchairs.  Let’s continue our look at powered mobility by focusing on scooters this month.  We will look at clinical considerations in determining if a scooter is an appropriate mobility device for an individual and look at the essential components of a scooter to better understand this mobility device. 

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Handcycling

29/08/2016

The summer is a great time to think about sports.  Last month’s Clinical Corner article focused on wheelchair tennis.  If you missed that article, click here: Wheelchair Tennis.  This month, let’s look at handcycling. 

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Wheelchair Tennis

25/07/2016

History was made at Wimbledon this year with the addition of wheelchair singles events.  Previously, wheelchair tennis was played only in doubles at Wimbledon.  For Clinical Corner this month, let’s take a closer look at the sport of wheelchair tennis, from both competitive and recreational levels. 

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The Role of the OTA/PTA in Wheelchair Provision: Part Two

22/06/2016

Last month’s Clinical Corner article was about the role of the therapist assistant in wheelchair provision.  Many occupational therapists and physiotherapists from across Canada contacted me via email to provide feedback on their use of therapist assistants in seating and mobility, in response to my request for information.  Drawing from the information provided, the article focused on the various tasks that are assigned to rehabilitation assistants throughout the steps of wheelchair provision, from referral to discharge.

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The Role of the OTA/PTA in Wheelchair Provision: Part One

25/05/2016

Recently, a therapist provided a suggestion to me to write a Clinical Corner article on the role of the therapist assistant in wheelchair provision, from referral to discharge.  What a great topic!  Having worked in a number of different clinical settings prior to joining Sunrise Medical, my personal experience has been that the role of the therapist assistant with respect to wheelchair provision varies depending upon the practice setting and the size of the institution or agency in which one works.

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Celebrating 5 Years of Clinical Corner!

26/04/2016

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. 

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More on Wheelchair Transit Safety Standards

22/03/2016

The safety of individuals who must remain seated in their wheelchairs during transit remains an important consideration for therapists prescribing wheelchairs. I have previously written articles on RESNA standards, including WC19 Wheelchairs Used as Seats in Motor VehiclesWC18 Wheelchair Tiedown and Occupant Restraint Systems (WTORS) for Use in Motor Vehicles; and WC20 Wheelchair Seating Systems for Use in Motor Vehicles. These articles provide information that is helpful in understanding these related standards.

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Weight Shifting and Pressure Management 2.0

17/02/2016

I first wrote about Weight Shifting and Pressure Management in November 2013. Weight shifting and repositioning are important parts of pressure management to prevent pressure ulcer formation for individuals who use wheelchairs. Click here for the November 2013 Clinical Corner article, which contains information on what occurs internally to the tissue surrounding the pelvis during sitting.

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Knowledge to Action: Wheelchair Cushions

25/01/2016

Hello all! When I lead in-person education sessions on wheelchair cushions, one of the questions that I am frequently asked is, “How do you get staff to put the cushions on the correct way?” When the cushion is removed from the wheelchair to clean the cover and/or the cushion base, mistakes some...

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