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Wheelchair Seating and Positioning: Assessment, Troubleshooting and Achieving the Perfect Fit
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When: November 17, 2017
8a -3:30p
Where: Naperville, Illinois 
United States
Presenter: Sponsor: Performance Health Academy
Contact: Performance Health Academy Education Coordinator

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Course Description: 

Over 3 million Americans use wheelchairs on a daily basis. There are numerous unfortunate instances where improper seating and positioning result in skin breakdown, decreased wheelchair tolerance, and reduction in overall function and independence.  Health care workers are often responsible for evaluating clients, determining needs and securing the most appropriate form of wheelchair seating and positioning, which can often be a formidable task. 

Dr. Davin designed this seminar to instill equipment providers, clinicians and other health care professionals with a working knowledge in performing seating and mobility assessments, troubleshooting existing seating systems, and implementing seating and positioning equipment to increase client independence.  Evaluation, assessment techniques and procedures will be presented, as well as common diagnoses which often warrant specialized seating considerations or equipment.  Information regarding a variety of cutting-edge equipment including mobility bases and seating and positioning options will be reviewed, as well as the abundance of features which are available to increase the client’s overall functional independence. Funding sources will be identified, as well as an overview of the strategies in developing letters of medical necessity including key elements to gain approval for equipment. 

For those currently struggling with clients in poor sitting positions, whether it is in a skilled nursing facility, out-patient rehab center, acute care center, home health setting or elsewhere, this class is a must!

This seminar will provide clinicians with a working knowledge of seating and mobility assessments, troubleshooting existing seating systems, and incorporating these skills to implement equipment to increase client independence. Funding sources will be identified, and participants will receive an overview of the process of developing letters of medical necessity, as well as key elements to include in such documents for equipment approval. 


Speaker: Kirsten Davin, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, SMS, EMT-BD, CFF-II;  Malynda A Milner, PTA/L; Leslie Ladage, COTA/L


Course Objectives:

Course Participants will:

  • Identify a minimum of three wheelchair seating and positioning issues using case study assessment and interactive discussion and explain appropriate intervention to rectify/improve client presentation.

  • Define two appropriate equipment options each for diagnosis including kyphosis, scoliosis, and pelvic obliquity by applying an arsenal of information on equipment options, cushions, backs, quick fixes and other seating and positioning products. 

  • Identify the written justification and correct documentation required for two pieces of assistive technology equipment in a manner which would be deemed acceptable by third party funding sources/Medicare. 

  • Identify three common etiologies and pathologies which commonly necessitate assistive technology and describe their prognosis and expectations for future wheelchair seating/positioning needs.


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Program Content Area: Orthopedics
Course Type: Lecture, live demonstration, lab, and Q&A
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Intended Audience: PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs,
CE Contact Hours: 5.75
Course Approval: IPTA Approval #651-6725

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