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Happy Occupational Therapy Month!

2018-10-30

If you have been following my blog for a while, you may recall that in October I tend to write an anniversary article to celebrate another year with Sunrise Medical Canada.  This month marks my 8th year with Sunrise Medical!  Since October also is Occupational Therapy month across Canada, I thought I would write a little on my experiences that led me to occupational therapy.  I would also like to celebrate Occupational Therapy month by sharing a recorded webinar and by seeking input for a future webinar.  More on that later in this article!

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Standardized Terms in Seating and Mobility

2018-09-26

Are we all speaking the same language in seating and mobility?  Have you heard a wheelchair cushion being called a “pillow” by someone who does not work in this field?  Do you call a “wheel lock” a “brake” on a wheelchair or an arm support an “armrest”?  Is a pelvic positioning belt the same as a pelvic belt for transportation of occupied wheelchairs?  (The answer to this last question is no!) The language of seating and mobility is evolving and, in fact, becoming standardized.  This month, Clinical Corner will address standardized terms in seating and mobility.  We will look at why standardization in terms is important and review a sampling of common terms. 

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Applying Knowledge Translation in Clinical Practice

2018-08-27

Creativity in knowledge translation helps to produce different resources that are available when and where the client needs them.  Having information shared in multiple formats helps to reinforce learning, which bridges the knowledge to action gap, which is what knowledge translation is all about!  
 

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Outcome Measures in Seating & Mobility

2018-07-30

Standardized and non-standardized outcome measures in seating and mobility provide information that can be used to improve individual client results.  In addition, with informed consent, the results of standardized outcome measures can be pooled to help to provide a body of evidence that helps to inform evidence-based practice in the area of seating and mobility.  

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Postural Supports and Restraints

2018-07-04

The issue of restraints versus function versus postural supports is a large one!  This month, Clinical Corner began to address the issue of restraints versus postural supports and personal assistance services devices.  Future Clinical Corner articles will address issues such as how to minimize the use of devices that could be considered restraints on wheelchairs and when do we consider the effect of the device on an individual. 

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Adjustable Modular Wheelchair Seating: Back Supports

2018-04-26

Last month’s Clinical Corner article addressed adjustable, modular wheelchair seating with a focus on cushions.  The article reviewed the spectrum of seating, from off-the-shelf to custom seating and described modular seating as the bridge between standard seating and custom seating.  If you missed that article, see Adjustable Modular Wheelchair Seating: Cushions.  This month, Clinical Corner will continue to address adjustable, modular wheelchair seating, with the focus on back supports. 

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Adjustable Modular Wheelchair Seating: Cushions

2018-03-29

Wheelchair seating is fundamental in seating and mobility prescriptions.  Combined with the correct wheelchair base for an individual, seating can promote posture and positioning, provide stability, facilitate function, address pressure management and enhance comfort and sitting tolerance.
 

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Tilt-In-Space Wheelchairs 2.0

2018-02-23

This month, we have looked at tilt-in-space wheelchairs and the factors that differentiate different models. It is by understanding the differentiation that the most appropriate model can be prescribed for an individual. In addition, we have reviewed sources that outline the tilt/recline angles required for pressure redistribution and the frequency and duration of weight shifting required for off-loading.

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