Taking a Seat — With Comfort

Taking a Seat — With Comfort

People take comfortable seats for granted. When a person starts to feel uncomfortable in a sitting position—usually after 15 minutes—that person moves, shifts weight or stands up. Improper seat fitting can cause discomfort and even serious injury.Some people who are paralyzed, however, do not sense when their tissues are compressed and need relief. This is where assistive technology can help.James Hubbard, senior rehabilitation specialist in the Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute, says technology such as a computerized pressure mapping system can “provide virtual sensation for those who cannot feel pressure.”SVRI staff members can provide customized seating consultations using software and a piece of cloth with 1,300 pressure sensors. When a person sits on the cloth,  high-pressure points light up the computer screen with a color metric display, much like a weather radar screen. The data provide an objective analysis of the type of cushion or molded surface that will equally distribute a person’s weight and protect against pressure wounds.

For more information on SVRI visit www.svri.uwstout.edu
Student Vickie Vierig demonstrates the mapping system.

Summer Outlook 2012