Life Care Planning for Spinal Cord Injury: Seating and Mobility ConsiderationsBy Kreutz, David; Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, Vol. 81, No. 2, pp. 94-100
Publication Date: Spring 2002
Article discussing factors related to seating and mobility requirements following spinal cord injury. Eleven factors that effect the selection of a mobility device are discussed: (1) level and completeness of injury, (2) assessment of status, (3) physical attributes, (4) functional skills, (5) accessibility, (6) previous life activities, (7) transportation, (8) funding, (9) current equipment, (10) discharge plans, and (11) patient consent. The authors agree that advancement or change in technology is difficult to anticipate in a life care plan. Several devices that are in prototype stages that could have an impact of functional independence, such as power assist devices that can be added to manual wheelchairs. New switch systems, pressure ulcer prevention technology, and mobility technology are a few of the advancements that the authors expect to be developed in the future.
Published by: Thomas Land Publishers, Inc. (Website:http://www.thomasland.com)
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J44136