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Are We Proactive with Power Assist?

Power assist is a hot topic on my calendar for May this year, and has seen me reviewing educational material relating to power assist in recent weeks.  In my presentation I have one slide that I am wrestling with, and this relates to our current approach to power assist – and whether we are proactive…

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How do we select wheelchair seating components for the prevention and treatment of pressure injury?

How to select wheelchair seating components for the prevention and treatment of pressure injury? We would like to introduce a new resource, designed to assist in the multidisciplinary approach to selecting wheelchair seating components for pressure injury prevention and treatment. We created this in collaboration with our Permobil Americas Education Team and the Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance (PPPIA) to produce a…

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Is the Headrest Just an Accessory?

When prescribing a wheelchair and seating system there is usually discussion on what are blanket-branded as accessories. When we look at the definition of an “accessory” we find:   NOUN – a thing which can be added to something else in order to make it more useful, versatile, or attractive. “a range of bathroom accessories”  synonyms: attachment · extra · addition · add-on · retrofit · adjunct ·…

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Innovating for individuals

Individual (noun) a person who thinks or behaves in their own original way  a single person or thing, especially when compared to the group or set to which they belong(dictionary.cambridge.org)  Last week saw Permobil launch their latest brand video ‘Innovating for Individuals’ which includes a message that goes beyond marketing and extends into good clinical practice. ‘We are all individuals…

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Are We Reactive Or Proactive in Our Approach to AT?

This is something that I recently thought about when teaching a course on power assist. This topic does not just relate to power assist but to all Assistive Technology (AT). First, let’s define what I mean when I say proactive versus reactive. The dictionary defines proactive as “taking action by causing change and not only…

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When Do We Consider Renting AT Equipment?

Today we will discuss some situations where rental may be a beneficial option to consider. Over the years I have been contacted frequently about renting Assistive Technology (AT) for mobility and seating, from basic entry level through to complex solutions. Interim Use Interim use often refers to short term use whilst waiting for your regular…

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Alternative Funding Options

It is important that as prescribers we understand the funding criteria and can articulate both the clinical justifications and how these can or cannot be met within the funding framework. Why do some applications fail to get approved and what are the options in these circumstances? Sometimes a person’s equipment needs may not fit within…

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Clinical Reasoning in Wheelchair and Seating Prescription

This week we are taking a quick look at clinical reasoning and how it applies to prescription of wheelchair and seating items. Clinical reasoning is a tricky concept to define. While universal to all health professions, the exact process appears to vary a little between professions. There is some research available into clinical reasoning, however…

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