Date of Award

Spring 2000

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering - (M.S.)

Department

Biomedical Engineering Committee

First Advisor

R. S. Sodhi

Second Advisor

David S. Kristol

Third Advisor

One-Jang Jeng

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to identify the problem encountered when a patient with limited strength and mobility needs assistance in transferring from a wheelchair to another location.

This study took advantage of ergonomic techniques to isolate the source of stress, and limited these stresses according to the standards of the National Institute of Safety and Health Administration.

A device was developed whereby the stresses of a patient transfer were eliminated. By using a conventional wheelchair and a recliner as a starting point, effectively combining these components into a single multifunctional unit the goal of reducing stress was achieved. The design allowed people with limited strength and mobility to transfer more independently, reducing the amount of assistance necessary from a caregiver. This design means a safer transfer for patient and caregiver.

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