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IC25: The Other Seat! Critical Considerations for Bathroom Equipment

A lot of time and resources are invested on skin integrity preservation and positioning strategies to help reduce the incidence of sitting acquired decubitus ulcers and postural deviations while sitting in manual and power wheelchairs. Regrettably, these individuals are still at significantly high risk of the same seating challenges if they are using improperly configured and poorly adjusted rehab shower commode chairs (RSCCs). For the past few years I have been working with clinicians globally enquiring about clinical best practices related to the prescription of rehab shower commode chairs. It is evident that there is a need for greater clinical focus in this area. It is my intent to focus on some very important assessment details that will help with our clinical thinking and translation to product parameters. For example, are we getting enough detail during our clinical assessment on where these individuals are when they are not in their wheelchair and how their skin is being protected? Are we using best practice guidelines for skin integrity preservation during the assessment process? We will review some critical pelvic anthropometrics along with postural analysis and ask ourselves what this means when investigating the essential clinical features of bathroom equipment. Finally we will look at how interface pressure mapping can be just as helpful in the selection of rehab/shower commode chairs as it is in the selection of wheelchair seat cushions and back supports.

This session is supported by a company with reported interest in the sale of Assistive Technology products. The content has been reviewed by ISS personnel and determined to be appropriate for continuing education purposes.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to;



Sharon L Sutherland (Pratt), PT
Seating Solutions, LLC
Longmont, Colorado
United States

Sharon has specialized in the field of seating, positioning and mobility for the past 28 years. Graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland as a Physical Therapist, Sharon has experienced many aspects of the seating and mobility service delivery model. She offers clinical consultation to clients, clinicians and manufacturers worldwide and has given over 800 presentations on seating and mobility. Known to many as a dynamic and highly energetic speaker, Sharon’s knowledge and experience makes her a skilled clinician and instructor.



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