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WC Equipment: A Day of Learning with Sunrise Medical

Speaker: Angie Kiger, M.Ed., CTRS, ATP/SMS

OT/OTAs, PT/PTA, Technicians

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016

Three Class Options:

Class 1
7:30am – 8:00am: Registration & Check-in
8:00am – 10:00am: “Foams, Fluids, and Covers….Oh My!”

Class 2
10:00am – 10:15 Registration & Check-in
10:15am – 12:15pm: “Rolling For Success!”

12:15pm – 12:45pm: Lunch & Equipment

Class 3
12:45pm -1:00pm Registration & Check-in
1:00pm – 3:00pm “Beyond the Standard Joystick: Alternatives for Success Utilizing a Power Wheelchair”

Location:

TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital
1333 Moursund, Houston, TX 77030
2nd floor Research Conference Center

Target Audience

OT/OTAs, PT/PTA, Technicians

Course Description & Objectives

1. Foams, Fluids, and Covers…Oh My! (2 hours)
Selecting the best seating system for a client is crucial for not only his/her overall function, but also his health. In order to make the best recommendations it is essential to have an understanding of the materials the equipment is created from and options for configuration of a seating system. This two hour seminar looks at the clinical rational for standard cushion and back choices along the continuum of seating. Participants will gain an understanding of how materials and product designs facilitate either pressure reduction or pressure redistribution.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least three (3) goals of seating and positioning.
  • Recite at three (3) pros and three (3) cons of each of the following types of material used in seating products; foam, air, and fluid.
  • List 3 features to look for in a cushion if a client has a history of continence problems.

2. Rolling For Success! (2 hours)
This two hour interactive seminar explores the science and technology of a manual wheelchair, as well as provides clinically relevant concepts to individuals involved in the assessment and prescription of both independent and dependent manual wheelchairs. The content reviews considerations to take into account when recommending an independent manual wheelchair for a client, including weight, axle position, wheel size, back rests, footrests, and armrests.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Identity (3) critical components to the clinical evaluation for a manual wheelchair.
  • Identify (3) criteria to consider when prescribing an independent mobility base.
  • Verbalize (3) ways an adjustable rear axle plate can increase propulsion performance.
  • Identify three (3) potential advantages and disadvantages to both a folding and rigid mobility base.

3. Beyond the Standard Joystick: Alternatives for Success Utilizing a Power Wheelchair (2 hours)
Providing a client with the ability to independently drive a power wheelchair and control all of the wheelchair’s function is often times life changing for the client. In many cases driving with a standard joystick with either his/her right or left hand is simply not possible. The good news is there are numerous adaptations and alternatives input devices that can be utilized to not only drive the wheelchair but also control all of the additional functions and beyond. During this two hour educational program an overview of power mobility, access options, adaptations, and alternative drive controls will be reviewed.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify three (3) ways to adapt a standard joystick to assist with drive access.
  • Describe three (3) programming modifications that may improve a client’s success with driving his/her power wheelchair.
  • Identify at least five (5) specialty controls and the clinical application of each device.
  • Describe at least three (3) adaptations or pieces of equipment that can be incorporated with a power wheelchair to assist a client with accessing power seating functions.

Speaker Information

Angie Kiger, M.Ed., CTRS, ATP/SMS

Angie Kiger is the Clinical Channel and Education Manager for Sunrise Medical. She earned a Master of Education degree in Assistive Technology from George Mason University and a certificate in Assistive Technology from California State University at Northridge. Angie is an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS), and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Angie has worked with infants, children, and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition to working as a clinician, Angie has served as an adjunct instructor at George Mason University and presented at numerous conferences in United States and abroad.

Conflicts of Interest and Disclosures: Policy & Procedures exist whereby all speakers must disclose any relationships which may cause a conflict of interest. Any relevant financial and non-financial relationships will be disclosed via speaker agreement, written notification after agreement, and prior to presentation.

  • Financial: Angie Kiger is the Clinical Channel and Education Manager for Sunrise Medical
  • Nonfinancial: Angie Kiger is the Clinical Channel and Education Manager for Sunrise Medical

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Time:

Class 1
7:30am – 8:00am: Registration & Check-in
8:00am – 10:00am: “Foams, Fluids, and Covers….Oh My!”

Class 2
10:00am – 10:15 Registration & Check-in
10:15am – 12:15pm: “Rolling For Success!”

12:15pm – 12:45pm: Lunch & Equipment

Class 3
12:45pm -1:00pm Registration & Check-in
1:00pm – 3:00pm “Beyond the Standard Joystick: Alternatives for Success Utilizing a Power Wheelchair”

Assessment of Learning Objectives: Discussion, question / answer, course evaluation.

Instructional Methods Used: Lecture and application with devices

 

Education

Physical Therapy: Memorial Hermann Health System is TPTA Approved Provider of continuing education. This course meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. Each class is 2.0 CCUs.

Occupational Therapy: Memorial Hermann Health System is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. This course is offered for 0.20 AOTA CEU’s. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures from AOTA. Memorial Hermann Health System is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures from AOTA.

  • Each class is offered for 0.20 AOTA CEU’s.
  • AOTA Classification Code: Occupational Therapy Process- Intervention.
  • AOTA Instructional Level: Introductory
OT Approved CE
TPTA 2015

Registration

Cost / Registration:

FREE, Registration Required. Any questions, please contact: ContinuingEducationRegistration@memorialhermann.org

Cancellations:

Email cancelation to ContinuingEducationRegistration@memorialhermann.org. TIRR Memorial Hermann is not responsible for the refund of travel or hotel expenses under any circumstances. TIRR Memorial Hermann reserves the right to cancel or change any programs for due cause. In the event of a cancelation, participants will be notified via email and contact phone number submitted in the registration.

Parking

Parking in Garage 6, next to TIRR. $12 daily. http://tirr.memorialhermann.org/directions-and-parking/

Registration

Please go to http://www.sunrisemedical.com/resources/steps/calendar

Any assistance, needs, or accommodations: All participants in Memorial Hermann Continuing Education Courses are entitled to an accessible, accommodating, supportive teaching & learning environment.