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By Laurie Watanabe
It is not the most glamorous topic, those other surfaces that complex rehab technology (CRT) wheelchair users sit on every day. But commodes and bath/shower chairs are part of your
clients’ daily routines, and are critical to their overall health. “The rehab shower commode chair (RSCC) is often the second-
most important mobility device for clients,” says Nelson Pang, president of Raz Design. “Toileting and bathing/hygiene are how many clients start each day. Combining these routines can take up to several hours. Similar to a wheelchair experience, the risk of pressure injuries increases if appropriate seating and positioning is not provided in a RSCC.”
It’s ironic that a consumer so carefully measured and fitted for a seating system and wheelchair often uses bathroom equipment from pharmacies or big-box stores selling DME to seniors. Straight-backed, plastic shower chairs might be fine for that demographic, but Pang points out, “Factors such as hard, flat-shaped seats; oversized and incorrectly placed apertures; improper positioning can all significantly increase the risk of pressure injuries” in complex rehab clients.
Clarke Health Care Sales Representative Wade Lawrence explains that functionally, it makes no sense when a consumer using complex seating turns to general DME for bathing and hygiene.
“People who are in CRT, most of the time they’re on a seating system like a ROHO [cushion] or a gel overlay of some type, due to the fact that they don’t have [intact] sensation,” he says. “A lot of them can’t weight shift.”
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