Design of a New Folding Shower-Commode Wheelchair for Elderly and Individuals With Spinal Cord DysfunctionsBy Malassigne, Pascal, FIDSA; Nelson, Audrey L., PhD; Jenson, Robert P., IDSA; Rathvon, Leah P., PhD; Amato, Margaret, RN; 2003 International Conference on Aging, Disability, and Independence, pp. 23-24
Publication Date: May 2004
Paper discusses the design, development, and evaluation of a shower-commode wheelchair. Prior to initial designs, a survey was conducted to evaluate existing shower-commode chairs. Findings indicated numerous safety problems, including an inability to fold the chairs, falls during transfers, and the development of pressure ulcers and cuts from seats. After consulting with this evaluation, the researchers established function and performance criteria for the new prototype design. The device was designed to fit over a toilet, and incorporates four main features: (1) a seat with side extension to facilitate transfers, (2) contoured footrests, (3) large diameter pushrims, and (4) lockable swing-away armrests. Initial prototype evaluations proved to be successful, as caregivers and clients enjoyed the device’s improved usability. The authors conclude that the project illustrated a successful team effort to design a quality prototype wheelchair.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology for Successful Aging (RERC-Tech-Aging) (Website:http://www.phhp.ufl.edu/centers/rerc.htm)