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The How To of Fluid Volume Modification in Wheelchair Cushions

The How To of Fluid Volume Modification in Wheelchair Cushions

Last month, Clinical Corner looked at maintenance and modifications when working with fluid wheelchair cushions.  If you missed that article, see Working with Fluid Cushions .  This month let’s look at the tips and tricks for assessing fluid overfill, underfill, and obliquity fill in fluid cushions. 

2022-04-28

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Working with Fluid Cushions

Working with Fluid Cushions

Maintenance and modifications – two key factors to remember when working with fluid cushions.  Maintenance is easy peasy.  Modifications are multiple.  Let’s dive in to discuss! 

2022-03-30

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Power Assist Wheelchair Devices: Handrim-Activated

Power Assist Wheelchair Devices: Handrim-Activated

A power add-on unit is a device that converts a manual wheelchair to a powered wheelchair.  There are 3 different types of power assist devices – ones that attach to the front of the manual wheelchair to assist by “pulling” the wheelchair; ones that attach at the rear of the manual wheelchair to “push” the wheelchair; and ones that attach to the hub of the rear wheels to assist by multiplying the human force that is applied to the handrim.  This last type generically is known as a handrim-activated power assist drive system and is the subject of this month’s Clinical Corner. 

2022-03-01

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When Do Seating Systems Require Replacement?

When Do Seating Systems Require Replacement?

While some funding programs may have an automatic period of time when a person becomes eligible for a new wheelchair cushion or back support, other funding programs may require justification for seeking approval for new seating.  How can we tell when a cushion or a back support requires replacement?  Several circumstances warrant a review of an individual’s seating needs.  These include: Change in sizeChange in positioning needsChange in risk for pressure injuryWear in seating system Let’s review each of these conditions.

2021-12-30

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Potential Causes of Sliding for Individuals Who Foot Propel

Potential Causes of Sliding for Individuals Who Foot Propel

Learning why a person slides from their wheelchair is the only way to discover the solution to address issues of sliding.  For an individual who foot propels or who hand and foot propels, the potential causes of sliding may be related to their positioning in the wheelchair and/or to the set up and maintenance of the manual wheelchair itself.  This month’s Clinical Corner article will focus on wheelchair set up and maintenance as factors to consider in addressing issues of sliding for those who use one or both feet to move and maneuver a manual wheelchair.

2021-11-29

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