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what is the purpose of a wheelchair?
goals for wheelchair prescriptions
functions of seating system
decrease pathological reflex activity
improve postural symmetry
maintain or improve skin condition
increase comfort and sitting tolerance
improve function of ANS
questions to be asked when prescribing a wheelchair
what functional level?
where will it be used?
how much adjustability?
ability of patient or family to use and care for wheelchair
impairments for being in wheelchair
access to environment
function of autonomic system
what are general goals for wheelchair prescription?
what are dangers of ordering a too big wheelchair
cant fit thru doors
cant reach wheels for propulsion
allows hip to slide
what are dangers of ordering too narrow wheelchair
patient gains weight and cant fit in chair
rubbing leads to skin breakdown
you have a patient that lives alone in retirement community , his days consist of traveling on a flat sidewalk to dinner visity family/friends bingo
would you prescribe a standard or lightweight chair?
folding or rigid?
lightweight, and folding
why? patient is active so you want a light weight chair
spoked wheels are ______lighter/heavier than mag wheels but require more/less _______
spoked wheels are lighter
spoked wheels require more maintenance
what are polyurethane wheels good for?
good for flat surface and are much less work to maintain
polyurethane caster wheels offer benefits of?
pneumatic casters offer benefits of...?
good on rugged/soft terrain
other accessories you can put on wheelchairs?
what are characteristics of cushions?
adjustable skin protection
POC wheelchair prescription
fit to patient and adjust
training, education, safety
key points of wheelchair prescription
properly fitted wheelchair effects function of patient
optimum pushing position relies on 4 main adjustments
what all should be included in wheelchair training?
curbs. ramps etc
how often do you need to do weight shifts in a wheelchair?
every 15 mins!