Wheelchair and Related Seating

RESNA Standards Committee on Wheelchair and Related Seating (WRS)

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NEXT MEETING

The next WRS meeting will take place on Monday, July 11, 2016 from 4:00pm-6:00pm Eastern Time in conjunction with the RESNA/NCART 2016 Conference in Arlington, Virginia.  A follow-up virtual meeting has been scheduled for Monday, July 18, 2016 from 1:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time.  The committee is seeking participation from consumers, advocates, and caregivers, so if you would like additional information, please contact the WRS Officers or Yvonne Meding.

OFFICERS

Chair: Barb Crane
University of Hartford
barb.crane@cox.net

 

Vice Chair: Evan Call
EC Service, Inc.
evan@ec-service.net

Secretary: Patricia Karg
University of Pittsburgh
tkarg@pitt.edu

 

These standards affect wheelchair users, caregivers and organizations representing the technical needs of persons with mobility impairments, Assistive Technology Practitioners and Assistive Technology Suppliers of Wheelchairs and Seating Devices, the Food and Drug Administration that manages wheelchairs as medical devices, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Medicare Pricing, Data Analysis and Coding (PDAC) who establish coding guidelines and establish policy for the provision of mobility technologies, manufacturers of wheelchairs, scooters and seating devices, and researchers, designers and test laboratories of wheelchair seating devices.

Work Program

RESNA WC-3 Wheelchairs Volume 3: Wheelchair Seating

This standard covers wheelchair seating devices that are intended to provide postural support and/or tissue integrity management.  It specifies test methods or methods of measurement for: vocabulary; the physical and mechanical characteristics; and static, impact and load strength testing.  This standard is useful for manufacturers and suppliers of wheelchair seating devices that are intended to provide postural support and/or tissue integrity management who wish to provide consistent, quality information to clinicians and consumers about their products. The standard includes the following sections:

  • Section 1: Vocabulary, reference axis convention and measures for body posture and postural support surfaces

Section 1 applies to seating intended to provide postural support within a wheelchair. It specifies a global coordinate system that permits the determination and recording of a person's posture while seated in a wheelchair, and standard terms and definitions for use in describing posture and the dimensions, location and orientation of seating support surfaces.

  • Section 2: Determination of physical and mechanical characteristics of devices intended to manage tissue integrity Seat cushions

Section 2 specifies apparatus, test methods and disclosure requirements for wheelchair seat cushions intended to maintain tissue integrity and prevent tissue trauma.

  • Section 3: Postural support devices Test methods for static, impact and repeated load strength

Section 3 specifies test methods for the determination of static, impact, and repetitive load strengths as well as disclosure requirements for postural support devices intended for use with wheelchairs.

ISO Related Activities

ISO / TC 173 Assistive products for persons with disability / SC 1 Wheelchairs

ISO/TC 173/SC 1/WG 11 Wheelchair seating Work program

ISO 7176-7 Wheelchairs Part 7: Measurement of seating and wheel dimensions
ISO 7176-16 Resistance to ignition of upholstered parts Requirements and test methods
ISO 7176-26 Wheelchairs Part 26: Vocabulary
ISO 16840-1 Wheelchair seating Part 1: Vocabulary, reference axis convention and measures for body segments, posture and postural support surfaces

ISO 16840-2 Wheelchair seating Part 2: Determination of physical and mechanical characteristics of devices intended to manage tissue integrity Seat cushions
ISO 16840-3 Wheelchair seating Part 3: Determination of static, impact and repetitive load strengths for postural support devices
ISO 16840-5 Wheelchair seating Part 5: Test methods for determining the pressure relief characteristics of devices intended to manage tissue integrity Seat cushions
ISO 16840-6 Wheelchair seating Part 6: Simulated use and determination of the changes in properties of seat cushions
ISO 16840-12 Wheelchair seating Part 12: Apparatus and method for cushion envelopment testing