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Volume 53 Number 4, 2016
   Pages 433 — 442

Abstract — Interdisciplinary development of an ergonomic prone mobility cart

Steven W. Brose, DO;1–2* Martin J. Kilbane, PT, DPT, OCS;1 Elizabeth Harpster, BA;2 Steven J. Mitchell, OTR/L, ATP;1 Chester Ho, MD;3 Ken J. Gustafson, PhD1

1Spinal Cord Injury Unit, Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, OH; 2Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH; 3Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

Abstract — Pressure ulcers remain a major source of morbidity and mortality in Veterans with neurologic impairment. Management of pressure ulcers typically involves pressure relief over skin regions containing wounds, but this can lead to loss of mobility and independence when the wounds are located in regions that receive pressure during sitting. An innovative, iterative design process was undertaken to improve prone cart design for persons with spinal cord injury and pressure ulceration. Further investigation of ways to improve prone carts is warranted to enhance the quality of life of persons with pressure ulcers.

Key words: cart, decubitus, design, iterative, pressure, pressure ulcer, prone, spinal, spinal cord injury, ulcer.


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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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