Link to the University of Pittsburgh Homepage
Link to the University Library System Homepage Link to the Contact Us Form

Monitoring seat feature usage among wheelchair users

Ding, D and Cooper, RA and Cooper, R and Kelleher, A (2007) Monitoring seat feature usage among wheelchair users. Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings. 4364 - 4367. ISSN 0589-1019

[img] Plain Text (licence)
Available under License : See the attached license file.

Download (1kB)


To help manage pressure ulcers and adjust posture, powered wheelchairs can be equipped with seat tilt and backrest recline features. Clinicians usually prescribe these features for wheelchair users who are vulnerable to pressure sores or have difficulty changing postures, but little data has been collected to determine whether or not, and to what extent, these features are used. this study examined how wheelchair users use power wheelchair seat features such as seat tilt, backrest recline, and seat elevation, during typical daily activities. A Seat Feature Data Logger (SFDL) was attached to 11 subject's wheelchairs for 10-14 days to gather data regarding daily usage of these features. The results showed that while subjects did not always use large angles of tilt and recline as many clinicians recommend, these features were used frequently and their use resulted in lower peak pressures. The information collected by the SFDL allows for a novel and quantitative description of the effectiveness and use of power seat features, and can also be used as a clinical compliance tool. © 2007 IEEE.


Social Networking:
Share |


Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ding, Ddad5@pitt.eduDAD5
Cooper, Rcooperrm@pitt.eduCOOPERRM
Kelleher, Aakellehe@pitt.eduAKELLEHE
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 December 2007
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
Page Range: 4364 - 4367
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1109/iembs.2007.4353304
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0589-1019
MeSH Headings: Humans; Posture; Pressure--adverse effects; Telemetry--instrumentation; Telemetry--methods; Ulcer--prevention & control; Wheelchairs--adverse effects
PubMed ID: 18002970
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2012 18:56
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 14:56


Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item