Support Surfaces


Date: 12/8/22

Credit: .1 CEU

Speaker: Linda Norton, B.Sc.OT, MSc.CH, PhD, OT Reg(ONT)

Intermediate Level, Seating and Positioning, ATP/SMS Prep Content



Therapeutic support surfaces are a critical component of pressure injury prevention and management. Knowledgeable complex rehab technology suppliers who can apply the latest research and standard terminology to the client’s circumstances are in a unique position to have a positive impact on the client’s health. Following a brief review of the applicable terminology, principles and best practices, participants will learn how to compare support surfaces from different manufacturers to choose the features that would benefit a specific client. Using a case-based approach, participants will explore applying research and best practices to the client’s situation to determine the best options.

Linda is an Occupational Therapist who is passionate about the provision of appropriate seating and mobility equipment and the prevention of chronic wounds. Her diverse experience in various settings including hospital, community, and industry; and in various roles including clinician, educator, manager, and researcher, gives Linda a unique perspective. Wound prevention and management are also Linda’s passions. She has completed the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course (IIWCC), a Master’s in Community Health focusing on pressure injury prevention, and a PhD in Occupational Science focusing on chronic wounds.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to describe the key support surface definitions and best practice recommendations.

Participants will be able to compare different products from different manufacturers in a clinically relevant way.

Participants will be able to apply best practices and product comparisons to several case studies to determine the best option for the client.