Design Development of a New Folding Commode-Shower WheelchairBy Malassigne, Pascal; Nelson, Audrey, PhD; Jenson, Robert P.; Rathvon, Leah, PhD; Proceedings of the RESNA 25th International Conference, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 324-326
Publication Date: June/July 2002
Project to design the prototype Folding Commode/Shower Wheelchair for use by individuals with spinal cord injuries and caregivers. The design of three components is discussed: (1) body support, (2) driving wheels/pushrims, and (3) a folding mechanism. The body support includes a rectangular seat with armrests and footrests. The wheels used are 55 centimeters in diameter; this is a smaller size than standard wheels, as the wheelchair needs to be able to center over a toilet. Previously developed 3.5-centimeter rubber coated pushrims were installed to enhance grip. The folding mechanism consists of two sets of identical double leaf hinges. The wheelchair was evaluated for stability, seating comfort, and pushrim response. Feedback was provided, yielding positive results.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number O14558