Date of Award
Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering - (M.S.)
Biomedical Engineering Committee
R. S. Sodhi
David S. Kristol
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.
Costa, Charles, "Biomechanical evaluation of patient transfers" (2000). Theses. 793.