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A practical curb-climbing aid for wheelchair-bound paraplegic persons (a progress report).
Bull Prosthet Res. 1980 Fall; 10-34:13-9.BP

Abstract

The article describes in detail an arrangement of trough-shaped wheel ramps and telescoping articulating control rods intended to allow a wheelchair-bound paraplegic to quickly ascend and descend single steps or curbs as high as 8 in. Data on testing of the system with trained and untrained able-bodied male and female subjects is reported; very limited testing with paraplegics suggests that their performance may almost equal that of the able-bodied. Advantages claimed include simplicity, light weight (8 lb), and low cost. Required modification of a standard wheelchair is limited to welding a simple bracket to the outer end of each extended main wheel axle. With ramps and control rods mounted ready for prompt use, chair width is increased by a total of 6 in. When the chair is used indoors or no curbs are expected, a paraplegic occupant, unaided, can dismount the ramps and rods and store them in a canvas bag hanging from the seat back. In this configuration the chair is only 1 in wider than its original unmodified width. Further testing with handicapped occupants is intended. Good arm, hand, and lower-back strength and movement, plus good coordination, are user requirements.

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Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

7260457

Citation

White, R N., et al. "A Practical Curb-climbing Aid for Wheelchair-bound Paraplegic Persons (a Progress Report)." Bulletin of Prosthetics Research, vol. 10-34, 1980, pp. 13-9.
White RN, Szeto AY, Hogan HA. A practical curb-climbing aid for wheelchair-bound paraplegic persons (a progress report). Bull Prosthet Res. 1980;10-34:13-9.
White, R. N., Szeto, A. Y., & Hogan, H. A. (1980). A practical curb-climbing aid for wheelchair-bound paraplegic persons (a progress report). Bulletin of Prosthetics Research, 10-34, 13-9.
White RN, Szeto AY, Hogan HA. A Practical Curb-climbing Aid for Wheelchair-bound Paraplegic Persons (a Progress Report). Bull Prosthet Res. 1980;10-34:13-9. PubMed PMID: 7260457.
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