First Accountability in a Specialized Seating Program

R. C. TERVO, MD, B. HURLBURT, PT,A. C. POWALINSKY AND J. LESZCZYNSKI, MD*Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


Standard wheelchairs are often inadequate to meet the seating needs of multiply handicapped patients. In response to these needs, Saskatchewan developed its own Specialized Seating Program to provide wheelchair-confined patients with Specialized Seating Devices (SSDs) designed to provide optimal patient positioning, to control abnormal tone and movement, to prevent or delay medical problems, to maximize patient stimulation and to promote ease of care for primary and secondary care givers. SSDs therefore represent a dynamic and essential aspect of rehabilitative medicine.

From July 1980 to June 1983 the Saskatchewan Specialized Seating Program provided 129 new SSDs and maintained 164 SSDs for provincial patients, at a total program cost of $ 109,011.01, or $817.07 per patient.

*University Hospital, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N OXO, Canada