JRRD at a Glance
Effect of model design, cushion construction, and interface pressure mats on interface pressure and immersion
Leigh Pipkin, MSPO; Stephen Sprigle, PhD, PT
Pressure ulcers remain a serious medical complication for some wheelchair users. One goal of a wheelchair seating evaluation is the selection of a wheelchair cushion that protects skin by reducing and distributing pressure. Interface pressure (IP) mats are a tool used in seating evaluations. This study explored how the presence of an IP mat affects the IP on buttocks models. The results suggest that mat IP values may not be accurate, so clinicians should not rely solely on IP values when prescribing wheelchair cushions.
Volume 45 Number 6, 2008
Pages 875 — 882
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