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Can static interface pressure mapping be used to rank pressure-redistributing cushions for active wheelchair users?

James Hollington, MSc; Susan J. Hillman, MSc

Figure 1. Mean interface pressure under ischial tuberosities against time during wheelchair propulsion for participant 8. One cycle indicated by dotted lines.

When selecting a pressure-relieving cushion for a wheelchair user, clinicians often use a mat of pressure sensors to judge which cushion is best for the user. These pressure measurements are almost always taken when the wheelchair user is sitting still rather than moving, e.g., when manually propelling his or her wheelchair. This study investigated whether there is any difference between ranking the pressure-relieving qualities of cushions when users are sitting still (static) and when they are propelling (dynamic). The results suggest that cushions selected using static pressure measurements can be used for self-propelling wheelchair users.

Volume 50 Number 1, 2013
   Pages 53 — 60


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Hollington J, Hillman SJ. Can static interface pressure mapping be used to rank pressure-redistributing cushions for active wheelchair users? J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013; 50(1):53–60.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.10.0192
ResearcherID: James Hollington, MSc: F-7000-2011; Susan J. Hillman, MSc: F-4105-2012

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