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Use of the INDEPENDENCE 3000 IBOT™ transporter at home and in the community: A case report

Cooper, RA and Boninger, ML and Cooper, R and Kelleher, A (2006) Use of the INDEPENDENCE 3000 IBOT™ transporter at home and in the community: A case report. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 1 (1-2). 111 - 117. ISSN 1748-3107

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The INDEPENDENCE™ 3000 IBOT™ Transporter (IBOT), as an electronically stabilized mobility device for people with disabilities. The purpose of this study was to gain experience with the IBOT™ at home and in the community using an expert wheelchair user, who used the device as his primary mobility device for 1 week. This case report is based upon observations by trained clinicians, and a diary recorded by the primary author a male manual wheelchair user with traumatic spinal cord injury at the T7/8 level. The subject was 41 years of age and 21 years post SCI at the time of the study. The participant was employed and lived in a ranch style accessible home. The subject used the devices to perform a variety of activities including holding eye-level discussions with colleagues and shopping by balancing on two wheels, going up and down steep ramps, traversing outdoor surfaces (e.g., grass, dirt trails) and climbing curbs. The balance and four-wheel drive functions were helpful and worked well. The IBOT was somewhat difficult to control in standard function. The seat height was too high for most tables and desks encountered, and transfers were notably more difficult than with other wheelchairs. It was difficult to use the IBOT in the bathroom, and the subject preferred to use his personal wheelchairs for transfers into the shower. The IBOT was a functional mobility device, its greatest strengths are outdoors and in circumstances where there is space to use balance function. © 2006 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Boninger, MLboninger@pitt.eduBONINGER
Cooper, Rcooperrm@pitt.eduCOOPERRM
Kelleher, Aakellehe@pitt.eduAKELLEHE
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 December 2006
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
Volume: 1
Number: 1-2
Page Range: 111 - 117
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/09638280500167571
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1748-3107
MeSH Headings: Activities of Daily Living; Adult; Disabled Persons--rehabilitation; Equipment Design; Humans; Male; Patient Satisfaction; Spinal Cord Injuries--rehabilitation; Wheelchairs
PubMed ID: 19256174
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2012 18:56
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 03:55


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