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PS8.3: Design and Verification of a Paediatric Wheelchair Cushion

A literature review has highlighted the danger of extrapolating adult data for use in the design of paediatric support services. Paediatric body dimensions, biomechanical properties and daily activities are different to adults; therefore for design purposes a child cannot be considered as a scaled-down adult. This study involved the design and verification of a paediatric wheelchair cushion, based specifically on paediatric requirements and dimensions.


Learning Objectives:

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



Maighread M Ireland, MEng
Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Liverpool, Merseyside
United Kingdom

Maighread Ireland is a trainee clinical engineer at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. She is currently completing her training on the clinical scientist programme, run by the NHS. She is specialising in Rehabilitation Engineering, which includes device design, gait analysis and assistive technology. She has completed a MEng in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, and is currently completing an MSc in Clinical Engineering at Kings College, London. She has special interest in paediatric clinical gait analysis.

Laura Finney, PhD, MSc, BEng, CEng
James Leckey Design
Lisburn, Antrim
United Kingdom

Laura Finney spent 10 years in Scotland, first studying Bioengineering at Strathclyde University before specialising in wheelchairs and special seating for the NHS. She returned 'home' to N.Ireland in 2007 joining Leckey to support their product development programme. Laura currently heads up R&D for Leckey ensuring user needs are the primary focus of new products. When not in front of her laptop she can be found pottering round the garden with her 3 young children.



    1. Levy, A., Kopplin, K., & Gefen, A. (2015). Adjustability and Adaptability Are Critical Characteristics of Pediatric Support Surfaces. Advances in Wound Care, 4(10), 615-622.
    2. Burdi, A., Huelke, D., Snyder, R., & Lowrey, G. (1969). Infants and children in the adult world of automobile safety design: Paediatric and anatomical considerations for design of child restraints. Journal of Biomechanics, 2(3), 267-280.
    3. Hollington, J., Hillman, S. J., Torres-Sanchez, C., Boeckx, J., & Crossan, N. (2014). ISO 16840-2:2007 load deflection and hysteresis measurements for a sample of wheelchair seating cushions. Medical Engineering & Physics, 36(4), 509-515.

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