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What's the Difference? Clinical Applications for Standard and Complex Power Wheelchairs

Balancing Function and Independence: Clinical Considerations for Power Positioning


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What's the Difference? Clinical Applications for Standard and Complex Power Wheelchairs

Friday, April 29, 2022
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
New Jersey Convention Center
97 Sunfield Ave.
Edison, NJ 08837
Junior ballroom, 1st floor (few steps from the entrance)

Credits: 0.2 CEU
Level: Intermediate

Registration:
This complimentary course requires registration at Abilities Expo in addition to registration with Pride Mobility / Quantum Rehab. Space is limited and seats are reserved on a first come, first serve basis.

Prerequisites:
Learners should have base knowledge and understand of power mobility devices and the general DME/CRT qualifications and justifications for various levels of equipment.

Target Audience:
Licensed/Certified Medical Professional (i.e. PT, OT), Rehab Professional (ATP, SMS, CRTS)

Course Description:
A power wheelchair is a power wheelchair, right? While many power wheelchairs are controlled by a standard in-line joystick, as complex rehab equipment professionals, we should not assume most power wheelchairs are similar.

This course will discuss key performance characteristics of the 2 most common power wheelchair groups (Group 2 and Group 3), considerations for drive wheel configuration, the need for non-expandable versus expandable controllers, and considerations for suspension.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish 3 key specifications of group 3 power wheelchairs that promote and enhance function for the end user.
  • Discuss 2 capabilities of expandable electronics provide to enhance functional independence for the end user.
  • Distinguish 2 advantages of each drive wheel configuration type that will facilitate environmental access for the end user.

Agenda:
Introduction/agenda, overview of power wheelchair group specifications, power wheelchair equipment packages: no power, single power, and multi power options, considerations and benefits of suspension.

Considerations and benefits of suspension; considerations and benefits of tracking technology; advantages and disadvantages of front, mid, and rear wheel drive power wheelchairs, wrap-up and discussion.

Intermediate Instructional Methods: 

  • Lecture with PowerPoint
  • Discussion

AOTA Classification Code: 
OT Service Delivery, Foundational Knowledge

Balancing Function and Independence: Clinical Considerations for Power Positioning

Friday, April 29, 2022
1:00 – 3:00 pm
New Jersey Convention Center
97 Sunfield Ave.
Edison, NJ 08837
Junior ballroom, 1st floor (few steps from the entrance)

Credits: 0.2 CEU
Level: All Levels

Registration:
This complimentary course requires registration at Abilities Expo in addition to registration with Pride Mobility / Quantum Rehab. Space is limited and seats are reserved on a first come, first serve basis.

Prerequisites:
A basic knowledge of power mobility devices is recommended but not necessary.

Target Audience:
Licensed/Certified Medical Professional (i.e. PT, OT), Rehab Professional (ATP, SMS, CRTS), Reimbursement & Billing Specialists

Course Description:
Power wheelchairs are designed to augment function when functional mobility is compromised or lost. For end users with complex needs, the power wheelchair can also augment repositioning and pressure relief.

This course will dive into the various options for power positioning, clinical benefits, various access methods, and the research supporting the need for power positioning technology.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Explain 4 clinical considerations for the recommendation of tilt, recline and power elevating legrests.
  • Discuss 3 different options for providing the end user access to the power positioning functions through the wheelchair controls.
  • Distinguish the medical need for an end user to operate their power seat functions through the drive control input device.

Agenda:
Introduction/agenda, trial of power seating functions, discussion of audience perceptions of power seat functions, clinical benefits of tilt, recline, elevating legrests, and combination systems.

Documenting medical necessity for power seat functions, control and operation of power seating functions through the drive input device, clinical considerations for power adjustable seat height, wrap-up and discussion.

Intermediate Instructional Methods: 

  • Lecture with PowerPoint
  • Demonstration
  • Discussion

AOTA Classification Code: 
OT Service Delivery, Foundational Knowledge

Instructor: Julie Piriano, PT, ATP/SMS, Pride Mobility

Julie Piriano has worked in the seating and wheeled mobility industry for the past 37 years. She is VP of Clinical Education, Rehab Industry Affairs and serves as Pride's Compliance Officer. She presents nationally and internationally on seating and wheeled mobility with a focus on evaluation, documentation and clinical applications of available technologies.

Julie served on the RESNA Board of Directors, currently serves as the Chair of the Professional Standards Board and is an active participant in the Wheeled Mobility and Seating SIG and the PT PSG. She is a Friend of NRRTS, member of the AAHomecare Complex Rehab and Mobility Council, the APTA and the Clinician Task Force.

She serves on several NCART Committees, the DMEMAC Advisory Councils, the board of several State Associations and the Mobility Management Editorial Board. Julie is a highly proactive industry resource on legislative and regulatory issues that impact the complex rehab industry.

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