Interface Pressure Mapping Displays a New View for Wheelchair Cushion SelectionBy Swaine, Jillian M., BSc, OT; Rehab Management, Vol. 16, No. 9, pp. 26-31
Publication Date: November 2003
Article discusses the use of interface pressure mapping (IPM) to prevent sitting-acquired pressure ulcers (SAPU) in people who use wheelchairs. Wheelchair seating clinics and home care settings widely use IPM to prevent SAPU, as IPM technology assists in comparing cushions so that clinicians can help a client to select the most appropriate cushion. The technology has been useful for providing objective data to clients reluctant to alter their wheelchair cushion. For example, clients with spinal cord injuries cannot feel the pressure under their buttocks, and it is often difficult for them to change from a cushion that they have been using for years. Visual depiction of their pressure distribution, as presented by IPM technology, can compensate for their lack of sensation and assist in biofeedback. The technology consists of a computer-based system, including propriety software, pressure pads in a variety of sizes, an interface box, and a computer, which is most commonly a laptop.
Published by: Ascend Media LLC (Website:http://www.ascendmedia.com)
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J46413