Education in Motion and Clinical Corner Catalogue

Canadian Clinical Blog by Sheilagh Sherman, BA, BHScOT, MHM, OT Reg. (Ont.) - Sunrise Medical
If you follow Clinical Corner, you will notice that the article in October often is a little different than usual.  October marks another anniversary with Sunrise Medical for me.  It is 9 years now!  October also marks Occupational Therapy month nationally.  What better way to celebrate both than with a focus on clinical resources available on the Sunrise Medical website.  In addition, this article will look back at Clinical Corner with a catalogue of Clinical Corner articles for ease of reference.  You may want to Bookmark this page!
You may have noticed something different on our website – Education in Motion!  Education in Motion is a collaboration of Sunrise Medical’s Global Clinical Committee.  This portion of our website is a clinical resource for therapists and vendors who work in seating and mobility.  It can be accessed directly at .   

When you come to this page, you will see that this is the new home of my Clinical Corner articles.  You can still type into your web browser to come directly to Clinical Corner – our Canadian clinical blog – or visit Clinical Corner from the Home Page of Education in Motion.  More on Clinical Corner later in this article. 
Education in Motion also contains blog articles which are written by the various team members on the Global Clinical Committee at Sunrise Medical.  New topics are added regularly.  Education in Motion contains other resources, such as case stories, helpful links to Clinical Practice Guidelines and literature from other websites, and resources developed and updated by the clinical educators at Sunrise Medical globally.  We continue to collaborate to update and create additional resources for clinicians working in seating and mobility.  Finally, Canadian in-person clinical education and webinars are listed in the Course List also found from the home page of Education in Motion. 
Clinical Corner Catalogue
In 2016, Clinical Corner celebrated its 5 year anniversary.  I wrote a blog article that catalogued the various articles written and provided direct links to each of the articles for ease of access.  Since it has been over 3 years since the last catalogue was provided, and since Clinical Corner is now under the Education in Motion umbrella, I thought it would be a good opportunity to revisit past Clinical Corner titles and provide an update of the blog articles that are available. 
The main topic areas in which I have written include: Assessment and Wheelchair Provision; Seating; Skin Protection; Positioning; Manual Mobility; Power Mobility; Preventing Sliding; Considerations for Individuals who are Bariatric; Transit Standards; Sports; Outcome Measures; and Education.  Let’s take a look at the article titles that are under each main topic area as a reminder of all of the articles available on Clinical Corner.  Click on the title for a direct link to the article.  (While some articles could be listed under more than one heading, for brevity I have listed each article title only once according to the main focus of the article.)
Assessment and Wheelchair Provision
The Hands-On Assessment
Best Practices in Seating and Mobility Assessments
More on Seating and Mobility Assessments
The Steps to Wheelchair Provision
The Role of the OTA/PTA in Wheelchair Provision, Part 1
The Role of the OTA/PTA in Wheelchair Provision, Part 2
Power Mobility Assessment
Preparing to Conduct a Seating and Mobility Assessment
Goals of Seating and Considerations for Generic Seating Product Parameters
Seating Considerations - The Back Rest
Skin Protection and Seating: Thoughts on Pressure Reduction
Skin Protection and Cushion Materials
Skin Protection and Cushion Covers
Skin Protection and Cushion Design
Sharing a Question and an Answer
Wear in Wheelchair Cushions
Wear in Wheelchair Cushions 2.0
Customizing Off-the-Shelf Seating
Custom Seating
Heat and Moisture Dissipation in Seating
Understanding Seating Sizing
Selecting a Cushion Based on Seating Goals
Selecting a Back Support Based on Seating Goals
Adjustable Modular Wheelchair Seating: Cushions
Adjustable Modular Wheelchair Seating: Back Supports
Skin Protection
Weight Shifting and Pressure Management
Weight Shifting and Pressure Management 2.0
Considering Wheelchair Configuration for Skin Protection
Dynamic Tilt and Pressure Redistribution
Pressure Injuries: An Update
Practical Seating Considerations - Pelvic Obliquity
Practical Seating Considerations - Posterior Pelvic Tilt
More on Practical Seating Considerations - Posterior Pelvic Tilt
Practical Seating Considerations - Anterior Pelvic Tilt
Practical Seating Considerations - Pelvic Rotation
Wheelchair Head Supports Part 1
Wheelchair Head Supports - Part 2: Pads and Customizations
Postural Supports and Restraints
Manual Mobility
Early Intervention Devices
Manual Mobility: The Basics
Manual Wheelchair Prescription: Beginning with the Future in Mind
Centre of Gravity and Manual Wheelchairs
More on Rear Wheel Position and Standard Manual Wheelchairs
Vertical Rear Wheel Position in Manual Wheelchairs
Rolling Resistance in Manual Wheelchairs
Front Caster Position in Manual Wheelchairs
More on Rear Wheels of Manual Wheelchairs - Lateral Position and Camber
Maneuverability in Manual Wheelchairs - What Fork to Use?
The Weight Factor of Manual Wheelchairs
The Science of Manual Tilt Mechanisms
Enhancing Rigidity in Folding Wheelchairs
Tilt-in-Space Wheelchairs 2.0
Understanding Choices in Manual Wheelchairs
Understanding Choices in Rigid Wheelchairs
Power Mobility
Pushrim Activated Power Assist Wheelchairs - Clinical Benefits and Considerations
Power Mobility: Comparing Mid-Wheel, Rear-Wheel and Front-Wheel Drive
De-mystifying Power Wheelchairs - Batteries and Motors
De-mystifying Power Wheelchairs - The Control Module
De-mystifying Power Wheelchairs – Selecting Electronics
Power Programming Basics
Specialty Controls for Power Wheelchairs
Scooters: The Essentials of What You Need to Know
Seat Elevation in Power Mobility
Steer Correction for Power Mobility
The Evidence on Tilt, Recline and Elevating Leg Supports
Putting Evidence into Practice for Power Positioning
Mini Proportional Joysticks Mean Independence Regained
Revisiting Electric Scooters
Preventing Sliding
Prevention of Sliding in Seated Mobility - Part One
Prevention of Sliding in Seated Mobility - Part Two
Prevention of Sliding in Seated Mobility - Part Three
Considerations for Individuals who are Bariatric
Seating and Mobility Considerations for Individuals who are Bariatric - Part 1: Body Shape
Seating and Mobility Considerations for Individuals who are Bariatric - Part 2: Ax and Seating
Seating and Mobility Considerations for Individuals who are Bariatric - Part 3: Mobility Base
Power Mobility for Individuals Who Are Bariatric
Transit Standards
WC19: Wheelchairs Used as Seats in Motor Vehicles
Wheelchair Tiedowns and Occupant Restraint Systems and Standards
WC20 and Secondary Postural Supports When Travelling in Motor Vehicles
More on Wheelchair Transit Safety Standards
Wheelchair Tennis
Wheelchair Basketball
Adaptive Sports
Outcome Measures
Outcome Measures in Seating & Mobility
Outcomes and Outcome Measures in Seating and Mobility: Current Practice
From Outcomes to Outcome Measures: Next Steps
More about Outcome Measures
Education and Other Topics
Knowledge to Action: Wheelchair Cushions
Applying Knowledge Translation in Clinical Practice
Taking a Second Look
Standardized Terms in Seating and Mobility
Falls Prevention, Part 1
Falls Prevention, Part 2
This month’s Clinical Corner article has provided a review of clinical resources available on the Sunrise Medical website.  I hope you find it useful!
As always, please provide your comments, questions and suggestions regarding Clinical Corner.  Please email me at  I look forward to hearing from you!
Sheilagh Sherman, BA, BHScOT, MHM, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Clinical Education Manager
Sunrise Medical Canada
Note: The content of this article is not meant to be prescriptive; rather, it is meant as a general resource for clinicians to then use clinical reasoning skills to determine optimal seating and mobility solutions for individual clients.  Sheilagh is unable to answer questions from members of the general public.  Members of the general public are directed to their own therapists or other health care professionals to ask questions regarding seating and mobility needs.
This article is © Sunrise Medical, Inc., 2019 and cannot be copied, distributed, or otherwise reproduced in whole or in part without the express written permission of Sunrise Medical Canada.

As always, please provide your comments, questions, and suggestions regarding Clinical Corner. Please email me at I look forward to hearing from you!

Sheilagh Sherman BA, BHScOT, MHM, OT Reg. (Ont.) - Clinical Education Manager, Canada

Sheilagh Sherman, BA, BHScOT, MHM, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Sheilagh Sherman joined Sunrise Medical Canada in 2010 as a Clinical Educator. Prior to joining Sunrise, Sheilagh gained extensive clinical experience working in a variety of settings, including neurological rehabilitation, complex continuing care, and community rehabilitation. As the Clinical Education Manager, Sheilagh is a clinical resource for therapists across Canada involved in seating and mobility. She leads workshops, seminars, and webinars on the clinical aspects of seating and mobility. In addition, Sheilagh has presented at national and international conferences on seating and mobility.

Sheilagh also has an educational background that makes her well suited to the role of Clinical Education Manager. Sheilagh earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto in 1988, which enables her to understand healthcare policy and policy changes. Sheilagh graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy) degree from McMaster University in 1994. In 2012, Sheilagh earned a Certificate in Adult Education/Staff Training from Seneca College. She applies adult learning principles to the workshops she leads. Finally, she also has a Master of Health Management (MHM) degree from McMaster University after graduating in 2015. Courses that Sheilagh completed during the MHM degree, such as Knowledge Translation, Evaluating Sources of Evidence, and Quality & Safety in Healthcare, assist Sheilagh in using an evidence-based approach in her work.

In her free time, Sheilagh enjoys running, in addition to practicing yoga.

Date: 2019-10-30

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