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The benefits of a solid back for everyday wheelchair users

Benefits of the right back support: For a person who uses a wheelchair most of the time, the back support plays a key role in optimizing function and independence. A solid back support for an individual, especially one who utilizes a rigid manual wheelchair, may accomplish some or all the benefits below: Provide trunk stability…

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Wheelchair Seating: It Can Only Do So Much

Part 1 in our series 24 Hour Positioning: Why Wheelchair Seating Can Only Do So Much by guest author Tamara Kittelson-Aldred, MS, OTR/L, ATP/SMS. As an occupational therapist working in seating and mobility for 30 years, I watched the posture of many clients deteriorate over time despite my endeavors. I used to ask myself what I was missing. Children…

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The importance of Seat-To-Back Angle in Pressure Redistribution

Part 9 in our Wound Care Guide series. See Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 here. Check out our comprehensive, digital Wound Care Guide here. What is seat-to-back angle (STBA) and how does it affect pressure redistribution? STBA is too often misunderstood to be tilt. IT IS NOT tilt but rather the relative angle…

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Why replace the wheelchair’s sling back?

Part 8 in our Wound Care Guide series. See Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 here. Check out our comprehensive, digital Wound Care Guide here. I am going to make a bold statement: for every cushion purchased a back support should be purchased with it. No exceptions. WHAT did she say??? You heard correctly! I…

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Pathway of Wounds: Shear vs Pressure

Part 7 in our Wound Care Guide series. See Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 here. Check out our comprehensive, digital Wound Care Guide here. Sometimes we get really caught up on the pressure aspect of wound development and don’t really consider that wounds can be caused by more than just pressure alone. In fact, there…

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What is an immersion style wheelchair cushion?

Part 6 in our Wound Care Guide series. See Part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 here. Check out our comprehensive, digital Wound Care Guide here. Immersion is another method of pressure redistribution, neither better nor worse than offloading. Whether it is better or worse depends completely on the patient’s individualized needs and what you as a therapist are…

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Offloading vs Immersion: Wheelchair Cushions for Pressure Injuries

Part 4 in our Wound Care Guide series. See Part 1, 2 and 3 here. Check out our comprehensive, digital Wound Care Guide here. The rule of thumb to minimize peak pressures with the goal of reducing the risk of or healing an existing pressure injury is: remove pressure from a small surface area that cannot withstand…

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