Vol 3 2018, CEU Article Review Wheelchair Seating In A Restraint Free Environment: Sorting Through Fact And Fiction


Author Stacey Mullis, OTR/L, ATP
.1 CEU



Providing wheelchair seating and mobility in a restraint-free setting can be a challenge. Especially when it is unclear whether a postural support device will be considered a restraint. This article will attempt to clarify the issue by providing the most updated definition of restraint by CMS, as well as Patient Rights Guidelines. It will provide guidance in the appropriate use and documentation of postural support devices for optimal function and mobility.

Learning Outcomes:

1. The participant will be able to Identify the most current CMS definition of a restraint.
2. The participant will be able to Identify at least 3 positioning problems that result in restraint use, and list alternatives to a restraint.
3. The participant will be able to list three phrases that justify the use of postural support devices that may be considered a restraint.

Stacey is Director of Clinical Marketing for Permobil. She has practiced as an OTR for over 20 years. With experience in pediatrics, inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation, long term care, and home health, Stacey has faced the challenges first hand of providing appropriate seating in various clinical settings. She is passionate about focusing her efforts on educating her colleagues on principles of seating and positioning. Mullis is a member of the NCOTA, CTF, NRRTs, RESNA, and AOTA.