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1 hour (0.1 CEU)
Persons involved in recommending wheelchair cushions have relied on many factors in deciding which cushions to recommend, including word of mouth, self-perceived comfort and function, aesthetics, tribal knowledge, etc. While these can all be important factors, the science of design and materials should be a primary factor in driving the decision of cushion selection to allow for comfort and function, while optimally managing pressure.

It is important for those involved in recommending a wheelchair cushion to understand principles of design and characteristics of materials used in cushions in order to select an appropriate wheelchair cushion that will allow for comfort and function, while optimally managing pressure.

Course Description

Participants will receive a quick review of the forces that need to be understood when considering the selection of wheelchair cushions. They will be taught measurable characteristics of wheelchair cushions for tissue integrity and will be briefly introduced to a method of comparative testing. Participants will learn how to identify different materials used in the design of cushions and how those materials interact with the anatomy for pressure distribution. They will also learn how to understand durability and stability of these materials in cushion construction. They will also learn to identify and understand different design techniques used to improve cushion efficacy and their potential effects on functional outcomes.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basic biomechanics of seated posture as it relates to wheelchair cushions
  • List the material science of wheelchair cushion components
  • Name the different means by which cushions redistribute load


Course Instruction Details

Course Audience: Dealers and equipment suppliers, Clinicians (OT, PT, COTA, PTA) Course Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Course Length: 1 Contact Hour
CEU’s Offered: .1 CEU

Minimum score on post test for proficiency: 60% (3 out of 5 answers correct)
NRRTS course ID: KI_CL05.7.18 ____________________________________________________________________________

Product related follow up to “Wheelchair Cushion Science in a Nutshell: A Primer on the Science that Should be Driving Your Clinical Choices”

Axiom Seating: A Tour from Basic Comfort to Complex Needs

Session Description

This session will introduce the 5 cushions in the Axiom line up and discuss how the concepts introduced in Wheelchair Cushions Science in a Nutshell were built into the Axiom cushion line. We will illustrate design features that reduce surface tension as well as look at how Ki Mobility used anthropometric data to design a contoured surface designed for comfort and stability. We will introduce the Axiom Back line up, looking at sizing, contours, and mounting. We will also give a brief introduction of our Axiom Custom Seating line for the complex users.

Session Objectives – Attendees will be able to

  • Name 3 common elements of all 5 Axiom Cushions
  • List the 3 Axiom Back contour levels
  • Identify which Axiom Seating line can be tailored to the complex client