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wheelchair cushion

A padded surface for wheelchair seats designed to prevent pressure sores. There are several static varieties, including air-filled, polyurethane foam, and flotation, the latter filled with water or gel. Dynamic surfaces, which require an external power source, protect pressure points by alternating high and low air pressures through a system of valves and pumps.
Synonym: pressure relief device
See also: cushion
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Medicare guidelines distinguish three levels of wheelchair cushions based on diagnosis and history of pressure ulcers.
The capacity of the wheelchair cushion to reduce loading conditions that may increase the risk for developing deep tissue injury.
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An effective wheelchair cushion is essential to prevent pressure ulcer development, enabling the individual to achieve optimal mobility function and quality of life.
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Therefore, maintaining adequate oxygen pressure (PO2) is harder in those areas below the lesion, such as the ischial tuberosities (IT), which increases the risk of PU and warrants a multimodal assessment establishing the functional characteristics of wheelchair cushions.
Those of us in the VA healthcare system have become accustomed to the great care and concern we have received over the years, with attention given to the unique needs of veterans in such areas as wheelchair types, automobile modifications, pressure-measuring devices when prescribing a wheelchair cushion for veterans' specialized needs, and a host of others too numerous to mention.
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Additionally, your wheelchair cushion should provide appropriate pressure relief.