Evaluation of Selected Manual Suspension Wheelchairs Using ANSI/RESNA Fatigue TestsBy Kwarciak, Andrew M., BSE; Cooper, Rory A., PhD; Ammer, William A., BS; RESNA 26th International Annual Conference 2003,
Publication Date: 2003
Study conducted to evaluate the durability of rear suspension wheelchairs, which were designed to reduce the incidences of secondary injuries. To assess the structural integrity of wheelchairs, the American National Standards Organization (ANSI) in cooperation with the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) has developed a set of testing standards, including the Double-Drum Test and the Curb Drop Test. The tests, when performed in succession, simulate three to five years of wheelchairs use by an active individual. Nine manual suspension wheelchairs were evaluated from three manufacturers: (1) Invacare A-6S, (2) Colours Boing, and (3) Quickie XTR. The Invacare A-6S and the Quickie XTR passed the ANSI/RESNA fatigue tests, while the XTR demonstrated the highest durability and value of all three models. The authors contend that the study showed that the addition of suspension elements does not significantly improve wheelchair lifetime or value when compared to ultralight folding frame wheelchairs.
Assistive Products Discussed: INVACARE A-6S / F-6S
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)