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Course Descriptions - Hierarchy of Power Wheelchair Drive Controls: Maximizing Access and Independence - Part 1: Proportional Control Options (2hr) and Clinically Speaking: The Power of Prevention (1hr)

 

 

8:00 AM

Title:  Clinically Speaking: The Power of Prevention (1hr)

Course Code:  PS0224h-1

0.1 AOTA CEUs/1 Contact Hours

Target Audience:  Licensed/Certified Medical Professional (i.e. PT, OT), Rehab Professional (ATP, SMS, CRTS), Reimbursement & Billing Specialists

Course Description:   Individuals with chronic medical conditions and long-term disabilities who have a permanent need for a wheelchair require a comprehensive, detailed evaluation of their physical, functional and environmental needs to allow clinicians and ATP suppliers to make appropriate Assistive Technology recommendations for a successful outcome.

This course will examine the clinical decision-making process and algorithmic approach to mobility assistive equipment trial and recommendation. This course will also serve as a review of preventative therapeutic use of powered seating features that allow end user increased independence not only in daily activities but also in the importance of medical management when caregiver and therapy resources may be limited. The use of powered features will be reviewed in regard to management of frequent co-morbidities and medical conditions such as: orthostatic hypotension, edema, contracture/tone management, pressure injury prevention, and the application of positioning components that can aid in decreased the complications of skeletal deformities over time. Many times, end users may be overlooked for their potential of meeting power wheelchair criteria that could provide them increased functional independence and control within their environments and to help be a part of preventing further medical complications. It is known that over 60,000 people in the United States die each year form pressure injuries alone and we know that utilization of pressure re-distribution for those lacking sensation and independent mobility can reduce this by giving the user control of their repositioning.

Learning Objectives:  

At the conclusion of the course the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the significance of 3 power seating features and positioning principles in the evaluation and recommendation process.
  2. Describe 2 medical conditions that may require intervention with mobility assistive equipment.
  3. Identify 2 power seating functions recalling what medical management/prevention application it serves.

 

Pre-requisites:  Participants should have some familiarity with and/or participation in seating and wheeled mobility evaluations.

Agenda:

  • Hour 1
  • Discussion of common medical complications from those experiencing a mobility impairment.
  • Discuss co-morbidities seen in medically fragile population including those with neuromuscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory conditions.
  • Discussion of powered mobility criteria along with power seat functions to allow functional independence including independence over medical management.

Course Level:  Beginner / Review

Instructional Methods:  Lecture/Discussion

AOTA Classification Code:  Occupational Therapy Process:  Evaluation

                                                                                                                 

9:00 AM

Title:  Hierarchy of Power Wheelchair Drive Controls: Maximizing Access and Independence - Part 1: Proportional Control Options (2hr)

Course Code:  E0919g-1

0.2 AOTA CEUs/2 Contact Hours

Target Audience:  Licensed/Certified Medical Professional (i.e. PT, OT), Rehab Professional (ATP, SMS, CRTS)

Course Description:   There are many considerations to make when assessing an individual for power mobility use. The decisions made will impact not only the individual’s mobility, but also how they reposition themselves, interact socially, and access their environment. There are many options for drive controls on the market today, so how does the assistive technology professional choose a device when the standard joystick is not an option? This course is designed to introduce the participants to the wide array of specialty controls available on the market and provide insight on the clinical decision-making process of drive control choice. The course will include case studies and a hands-on component for participants to assess the various alternative drive control options.

Learning Objectives:  

At the conclusion of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Apply the hierarchy of drive controls to the selection of proportional drive control selection.
  • Discuss 2 options for controlling power seating functions when utilizing proportional control devices
  • Explain 2 programming features available for proportional drive controls that can increase independence and maximize function.

Pre-requisites:  Students should have basic understanding of power wheelchair controls including set up and programming

Agenda:

  • Hour 1
  • Introduction/Key Concepts
  • Hierarchy of Proportional Control Options
  • Mounting Options
  • Programming for Proportional Controls
  • Hour 2
  • Programming Options continued
  • Case Study with hands on experience of various drive controls
  • Presentation of Case Studies

 

Course Level:   Intermediate

Instructional Methods:  Lecture, Demonstration, Case Studies, Brainstorming,

AOTA Classification Code:  Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation

Disclosure Statement:  This course is for educational purposes and is based on outside peer-reviewed research. No specific product will be promoted or sold.