Pelvic Positioning Part 2

Rifton Activity Chair Video 8


[00:00:03.11] Caption: Part II Hip Guides, Lap Belt, and Backrest Filler Pad Hip Guides:

[00:00:09.08] Sam Durgin: For pelvic positioning laterally, we are using what we call our hip guides. The hip guides, again have white buttons on them.

[00:00:27.00] Sam Durgin: With this white button here, I adjust the lateral width of the hip guide, and you’ll also see the outline of our armrest engraved into the mold. That should help you get the hip guide onto the right armrest, so you don’t get right and left mixed up or front to back mixed up. So the hip guide will actually live on the armrest. The reason we did this is to aid with lateral transfers. So if you remove the armrest for a transfer, the hip guide will go with it.

[00:01:04.00] Sam Durgin: You can adjust the height of the armrest right through the hip guide, so I still have the ability to adjust the height of the armrest but there’s a tab on the inside of this. Any pressure toward the inside of the hip guide will lock it vertically on that armrest.

Lap Belt:

[00:01:27.10] Sam Durgin: Some therapists have asked for more support farther forward on the child. For some children, if they have an abdominal tube, it may be inappropriate to have a seat belt crossing directly over the abdomen. And so we have a lap belt. For that I’ll remove the armrests. The lap belt is the one belt that installs a bit differently than the other seatbelts and butterfly harness. The reason for this is because we have a full five inches of seat depth adjustment, we needed the lap belt to be able to move with the seat. I’m going to demonstrate this. I have to remove the cushion, and very similar to a car seat belt, there’s an H-shaped slot in here that I can tuck my strap into. If you order the lap belt we’ll install it for you in our assembly, but if you want to install it in the field it’s very easily done. It’ll be in the quick reference guide how to do that. This tucks into the seat and the cushion comes back down over it. And now we have a belt that stays the same distance away from the front edge of the seat no matter what depth of seat adjustment we need.

Backrest Filler Pad:

[00:03:17.20] Sam Durgin: The last item I’d like to cover with the pelvic positioning is what we call our backrest filler pad. When the backrest is raised all the way up, – this filler will really only be needed in the top three positions of the backrest, – you can insert this backrest filler pad. It has a very simple snap stud which snaps directly to the bottom edge center of the backrest. So the backrest filler pad works in the top three positions where you have an unsightly hole when the backrest is raised all the way up, and you can cover that up. To remove it, there’s a very simple tab on the back side, and I can unsnap the backrest filler to take it off.

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