A Pediatric Wheelchair is a very important piece of mobility equipment for any patient. There are many instances where a patient would find himself in need of one, no just in cases of long-term disability. Upon admittance and discharge from the hospital, a patient is wheeled around. Those with temporary hurts to their lower extremities will also need a pediatric wheelchair for a short time. No matter the reasons for needing a pediatric wheelchair, many will find themselves looking for the right one for themselves, their patients, or for their medical care facility.
For a pediatrician seeking to prescribe a Pediatric Wheelchair, he must be sure that the patient has the proper upper body strength to use one. If the patient is too weak for self movement, the practitioner would be better to consider a powered wheelchair for mobility. While Pediatric Wheelchairs are smaller and can be just as manuverable as scooters, that depends upon the patient's own abilities in steering the chair. These are factors that the doctor must think about before recommending what type of wheelchair a patient should get.
For home use, a pediatric wheelchair must meet slightly different needs. Whether it is long or short-term use, the chair must be convient for the patient to use, this includes portablility of the chair. Often these will fold up to be stored on a car seat or in a trunk. The folding mechanism has to have secure locks for when the chair is carrying the patient, but these must be simple to reach and unlock for when the chair will need to be folded. The construction of the frame should be lightweight yet strong. It will have to uphold the patient's weight for the duration of its use. A sturdy, durable chair will ensure that frequent repairs will be unneccessary. For use by a single patient who will propel himself, it would be better to have removable armrests. This allows for the greatest of ease getting in and out of the chair. Occationally, the patient will be steered by his parent or caregiver and in such cases, a pediatric wheelchair fit fixed arms would be appropriate.
For those seeking to supply a medical care facility with pediatric wheelchair, they must be sure that those that are chosen will be able to accommodate the greatest cross-section of patients possible. The seat ought to be wide enough for most average people. Most seats range in size from 10 inches to 14 inches wide. Extra padding in the seat is also a desirable feature since the patients will be spending much time in their Pediatric Wheelchair. For a medical care facility where the patients are likely to be wheeled around by someone else, fixed armrests might be preferable. The chair itself must be of sturdy construction that is easily driven and steered by a caregiver.
A pediatric wheelchair should only enable the patient and never hinder him in his mobility.
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