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Interdisciplinary development of an ergonomic prone mobility cart

Steven W. Brose, DO, et al.

People with spinal cord injuries are prone to developing pressure ulcers, which can cause problems with quality of life and medical health. Managing these ulcers usually involves minimizing pressure on the area with the ulcer. One option to promote healing and allow people to continue being mobile is use of prone carts, but traditional manual carts are known to cause strain on the spine and shoulders. This report describes the design of an ergonomic motorized prone cart. Through an iterative and collaborative process, the final motorized prone cart successfully reached goals of motorization, maneuverability, ergonomic fit, and utility. The consistent attention to user needs while creating a cart that can be easily and economically serviced has produced a motorized, ergonomic prone cart that can help improve user quality of life, increase compliance with pressure ulcer treatment recommendations, and offer more independence and mobility to hospitalized users.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.11.0279

Volume 53 Number 4, 2016
   Pages 433 — 442


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Brose SW, Kilbane MJ, Harpster E, Mitchell SJ, Ho C, Gustafson KJ. Interdisciplinary development of an ergonomic prone mobility cart. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016; 53(4):433–42.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.11.0279
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