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Material Matters: The Substance and Design of Seating Components

(1 hrs./ 0.1 CEUs)

General Overview:

The materials used in complex rehab technology (CRT) are sophisticated and varied.  Clinicians and ATPs recommend CRT for their clients every day, and the composition of this equipment has a direct impact on the clients’ health, functional performance, physical experience, and overall quality of life.  Clinical decision making should include a more in depth understanding of the materials that make up the equipment selected.  Yet, many clinicians and ATPs have had a lack of extensive training and experience with these materials due to insufficient emphasis in current trainings and courses, productivity demands of the rehab clinic, and an ever-changing industry involving improving technologies and materials.  This 60-minute live lecture will address how materials are designed, used and combined in CRT to improve the lives of clients and provide a comprehensive look at materials that are typically incorporated into power wheelchairs.  Materials such as plastics, rubbers, gels, steel, aluminum, and copper will be reviewed, with an emphasis on the complexities and variations that exist within these deceptively general material descriptions.  By the end of the course, clinicians will have an improved ability to recognize different materials associated with individually configured power wheelchair design and be able to discuss significant advantages and disadvantages of each material.

CEU Objectives: By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. State at least 2 types of forces applied to a body depending on the type of material and design of a cushion.
  2. Recognize clinical significance of applied forces to the body related to the design and materials used in construction of seating components.
  3. Articulate 3 types of changes in client condition/function and how to optimize outcomes through seating materials and design selection.
  4. Predict 3 aspects of how to apply clinical/best practice guidelines to achieve optimal pressure management and positioning outcomes with seating components.

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Full Course Detail Flyer PDF: Material Matters_Manual Wheelchair

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