Wheelchair Seating and Positioning

Audience: PT, PTA, OT, COTA
Course level: Beginner
Date: May 21st, 2011
Check in time: 7:30-8:00 a.m.
Class time: 8:00-12:00 p.m.
Location: Fairview Riverside Professional Building. 606 24th avenue , Minneapolis, MN 55454. Held in Fairview Rehab Services Balance Center, Room 119.
Contact hours: 3.75
External Fee: $195.00

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Caroline Portoghese, OTR/L, ATP
has been an Occupational Therapist since 1995.  She focused on seating and wheeled mobility since 1998.  She provided services as a custom Seating Practitioner at Fairview Tamarack Clinic until 2004, and since then has worked in the Seating and Wheeled Mobility Clinic, Assistive Technology Clinic, ALS clinic, and the MS Achievement Center through Fairview Rehabilitation Services at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.  She became the first OT within the Fairview system to be promoted to Clinical Specialist I in 2006, and to Clinical Specialist II in 2010.  She has presented extensively, including for MOTA, APTA, RESNA, the University of Minnesota, ST. Catherine University, Century College, the MS Society, the ALS Association, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 

Marcia Margolis, PT, ATP
is a Physical Therapist with an emphasis in Rehabilitation and Seating and Wheeled Mobility. She is a graduate from Indiana University, and supervised the PT staff of the Rehabilitation unit at the University of Wisconsin before moving to Minnesota in 1993.  She is a seating and wheeled mobility consultant for the Fairview system, and is certified by RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Professional.  She attends the Muscular Dystrophy and ALS Clinics weekly, and is participating in Muscular Dystrophy research projects with the Neurology Department.  Marcia has significant experience in the area of neuro-rehabilitation, home accessibility, and equipment needs and procurement for persons with neuromuscular diseases, spinal cord injury, and mobility impairments. 

Course Description
The process for evaluating and providing justification for durable medical equipment, specifically wheeled mobility, has significantly changed in the past few years.  This course will help Rehabilitation professionals to further understand the process necessary for patients to obtain seating and wheeled mobility equipment.  Participants will learn how to evaluate for and justify a wheelchair for patients, specifically power wheeled mobility.

Course attendees will:

  • Identify the important components of a Seating & Wheeled Mobility evaluation.
  • Demonstrate taking measurements to aid in the appropriate fit of equipment.
  • Compare the benefits and limitations of at least 3 styles of wheelchair cushions.
  • Understand basic interpretation of pressure mapping.
  • Comprehend the steps to determine which piece of mobility equipment will be paid for through insurance, and the implications of this choice.
  • Identify how to make an appropriate referral to the seating and Wheeled Mobility clinic.
7:30-8:00 a.m.
     Check in/Registration
8:00-8:15 a.m.     Introduction/Seating and Wheeled Mobility Evaluation overview.
8:15-8:45 a.m.     Measurements and having attendees measure each other, Cushions which include qualities, limitations of foam, and air.
8:45-9:00 a.m.     Backrests, headrests, accessories, custom seating.
9:00-10:00 a.m.   Pressure mapping with active demonstration/participation.  Justification algorithm overview, manual wheelchairs, and power assist wheels, and Scooters.
10:00-10:15 a.m. BREAK
10:15-11:00 a.m. Power wheelchairs, power features: tilt, recline, elevating leg rests, seat elevator, and standing Wheelchairs.
11:00-11:45 a.m. Loaner equipment resources, importance of choosing an appropriate vendor, importance of choosing appropriate equipment.  Referrals to Seating and Wheeled Mobility clinic.
11:45-12:00 a.m. Questions and Answers

This course is eligible for AOTA approved provider credit. Fairview is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. 
This course has been approved for Category I continuing education credit by the Minnesota board of Physical Therapy. #4680


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