Credits: .2 CEU
Author: Miriam Manary, MSE
Many people who use wheelchairs cannot transfer into conventional motor vehicle seats and must remain in their wheelchairs for travel. This article reviews best practices for this situation and discusses the ANSI/RESNA voluntary industry standards that can make this travel mode safer. In particular, wheelchairs that comply with RESNA WC19 have been crash tested and assessed for suitability as motor vehicle seats. The intent and proper use of WC20-compliant seating is also explained. The material also covers additional aspects of safe travel such as recline angles, head supports and proper use of wheelchair tiedowns and seatbelt systems.
- List the features of a WC19-compliant wheelchair.
- Describe the five types of testing conducted on WC19-compliant wheelchairs.
- State best practices in securing wheelchairs