Event Title

Comparing Sitting Pressure Between Two Commercially Available Cushions on a MSCC: Phase I Methodology

Location

Hall of Governors

Start Date

4-8-2022 4:00 PM

End Date

4-8-2022 6:00 PM

Abstract

Shower chairs come in several different shapes and sizes and there is currently no standard way to objectively justify the increased cost of customizable appropriate shower chairs. Persons with impaired mobility and sensation take upwards of 1-4 hours to shower and toilet and are susceptible to pressure injuries. The cost of pressure injury (PI) prevention is high and currently treating pressure injuries is costing the US 11billion dollars a year annually. This study objectively measured the sitting pressures of able-bodied individuals on 2 cushions in an upright position and 2 tilted positions. Additionally, the arm rests and footrest heights were manipulated. Although this study is in Phase I, the results indicate a statistically significant difference in pressure distribution when comparing the VEF interface in combination with tilt-in-space mechanics to standard interfaces. It can be inferred that these two components on a MSCC may be effective in the prevention of PI’s by significantly decreasing pressure on weight bearing anatomical structures.

Presenters:
Andrea Bultema
Physical Therapy Doctoral Student
Steven Moon
Physical Therapy Doctoral Student

Faculty / Staff Sponsor

Dr. Roberta K. O'Shea
Professor ,College of Health and Human Services

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Apr 8th, 4:00 PM Apr 8th, 6:00 PM

Comparing Sitting Pressure Between Two Commercially Available Cushions on a MSCC: Phase I Methodology

Hall of Governors

Shower chairs come in several different shapes and sizes and there is currently no standard way to objectively justify the increased cost of customizable appropriate shower chairs. Persons with impaired mobility and sensation take upwards of 1-4 hours to shower and toilet and are susceptible to pressure injuries. The cost of pressure injury (PI) prevention is high and currently treating pressure injuries is costing the US 11billion dollars a year annually. This study objectively measured the sitting pressures of able-bodied individuals on 2 cushions in an upright position and 2 tilted positions. Additionally, the arm rests and footrest heights were manipulated. Although this study is in Phase I, the results indicate a statistically significant difference in pressure distribution when comparing the VEF interface in combination with tilt-in-space mechanics to standard interfaces. It can be inferred that these two components on a MSCC may be effective in the prevention of PI’s by significantly decreasing pressure on weight bearing anatomical structures.

Presenters:
Andrea Bultema
Physical Therapy Doctoral Student
Steven Moon
Physical Therapy Doctoral Student