ROHO’s Inventor Robert H. Graebe Explains the Foundation of ROHO
When Amit Gefen, Ph.D., a professor of biomedical engineering at Tel Aviv University, began studying chronic wounds, he was interested in something he could not easily observe: what happens to the soft tissues and skeleton of our feet when we walk. Gefen noticed the lack of research in the field compared to “research resources that we biomedical engineers see in fields like orthopaedics, cardiovascular, cancer,” he says.
In part 1 of this series (MM June 2014), Amit Gefen, Ph.D., a professor of biomedical engineering at Tel Aviv University, discussed a new means of studying the critical issue of pressure ulcers. This news comes as the complex rehab technology industry is under increasing pressure to provide outcome measures — i.e., proof that its technology works. In part 2, Gefen — who has degrees in mechanical and biomedical engineering — explains how computer technology and lab-engineered tissues can help researchers to better anticipate skin breakdown…and the potential impact of that tool.
A major challenge facing complex rehab technology today is the demand for outcome measures — data to “prove” seating & mobility equipment produces successful results. Outcome measures are in demand partly due to pharmaceutical companies. Because conditions such as high cholesterol and depression are so common, drug manufacturers are able to roll out statistics on hundreds or thousands of patients who take part in their clinical trials.
In this series of articles, Mobility Management editor Laurie Watanabe talks to Amit Gefen, Ph.D., biomedical engineering professor at Tel Aviv University, whose research into deep tissue injuries among spinal cord injury patients involves an intriguing set of tools and new perspectives on an issue that continues to affect clients and rehab professionals alike.
The following is a letter of medical necessity justifying the need for a Permobil K450 MX Power Seating System wheelchair.
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The purpose of the Wheelchair Service Provision Guide is to provide an appropriate framework for identifying the essential steps in the provision of a wheelchair. It is designed for use by all participants in the provision process including consumers, family members, caregivers, social service and health care professionals, suppliers, manufacturers, funding source personnel and policy makers.
This position paper is based on the premise that those who ride seated in wheelchairs are entitled to equivalent occupant safety when they are traveling in motor vehicles. The document summarizes research and best practice for safety and selection of crashworthy wheelchairs with the requisite features required by the WC19 safety standard when it is necessary for indi- viduals to use a wheelchair as a seat in a motor vehicle.
The purpose of this article is to share typical clinical applications as well as provide evidence from the literature supporting the application of these assistive technology interventions to assist practitioners in decision making and justification. It is not intended to replace clinical judgment related to specific client needs.