Devising a SystemBy Smith, Rich; Rehab Management,
Publication Date: March 2008
Overview of new and improved tools to help physical therapists evaluate clients and provide wheelchair-seating solutions. Pressure-mapping systems, such as one manufactured by Tekscan Inc., can (a) provide readily-grasped visual representations of peak pressure points, facilitating the identification of clients at risk for pressure sores; (b) help demonstrate that a therapy-chosen cushion is more appropriate than one demanded by the insurance company; and (c) aid in training clients to use pressure-relief techniques. Seating and positioning systems reviewed are: (1) the Ride Designs Custom Cushion for people at higher risk for skin breakdown and those with challenging postural-control needs; (2) the Kids ROCK pediatric tilt-in-space chair accommodating children from toddlers through age 6, featuring design elements allowing children to extend and flex their body while maintaining proper positioning support; (3) the Convaid Profiler, a fixed-tilt positioning pediatric cruiser-style manual wheelchair featuring an adjustable contour back and seating system, an adjustable strap back system, and a removable padded seat cushion; (4) the Leckey Squiggles system for children as young as 6 months; and (5) the Mygo seating system for accommodating wind-swept deformities.
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