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MEDmobility would like to extend a special "Thank You" to Ki Mobility Canada for sponsoring this presentation by Deborah Pucci!

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Deborah L. Pucci, PT, MPT

Deborah L. Pucci

Deborah L. Pucci, PT, MPT received her degree from Northwestern University in 1998. She has 20 years of clinical experience in neurologic rehabilitation, with specializations in wheelchair seating and mobility and acute spinal cord injury. She has held multiple positions at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab since 1999 (formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), including senior therapist on the acute spinal cord injury unit, research study coordinator for the spinal cord injury model systems program, and wheelchair and seating clinical specialist. She has presented CEU courses and lectures domestically and internationally in both the areas of seating and mobility and acute rehabilitation for spinal cord injury.

Currently, Miss Pucci works as a clinical educator for Ki Mobility and as a clinical specialist for the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab wheelchair and seating clinic.

Sponsored By Ki Mobility

Tilting the Odds:

Manual Tilt to Improve Rehabilitation Outcomes

Neurologic disabilities such as CP, ALS, MS, and SCI figure more prominently in discussions about the impact and importance of complex rehabilitation technology than CVA, yet more than 795,000 people in the United States suffer a CVA annually. Moreover, stroke reduces mobility in more than half of those over age 65.

It is well documented that manual tilt-in-space wheelchairs provide seat angle adjustments that can facilitate pressure relief, postural control, and activity specific positioning, but these chairs are often not prescribed due to limitations related to independent propulsion, weight, and transport. This presentation will explore the research supporting the use of tilt.

Topics will include: how changes in seat angle affect posture and pressure distribution, seat height and angle characteristics that impact self-propulsion, the relationship between independent mobility and incidence of pressure ulcers, and how changes in seat angle can influence activities of daily living.

Participants will be educated on options to achieve the clinical benefits of manual tilt while enabling self-propulsion and transport.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:
Cite 3 aspects of propulsion affected by seat height and changes in seat angle and cite 2 elements of the relationship between independent mobility and incidence of pressure ulcers.

Provide 2 examples of how changes in seat angle can impact pressure and affect posture and 2 examples of how changes in seat angle can affect participation in activity specific ADLs.

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