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What's Under the Cover: Backrest Selection, Coding, and Clinical Considerations

Learn how to confidently recommend wheelchair backrests, back cushions, and other back supports for people with disabilities.

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Course Overview

Individuals with chronic medical conditions and long-term disabilities who have a permanent need for a wheelchair require a comprehensive, detailed evaluation of their physical, functional, and environmental needs to allow clinicians and ATP suppliers to make appropriate assistive technology recommendations for a successful outcome.

1 Contact hour(s)

On-site or Live Stream Lecture

Beginner Level Course

What's Under the Cover: Backrest Selection, Coding, and Clinical Considerations

What You Will Learn

Overall, this course will serve as a reference and guideline to help all suppliers to make backrest selections with an understanding of how to best meet a client’s goals while providing optimal skin protection.

  • Make Confident Back Support Recommendations

    You'll learn the algorithmic approach to mobility assistive equipment recommendations and trials and how to act upon patient feedback to make the best backrest or back support recommendation.

  • Understand Back Support Materials & Design

    Learn the key differences between gel, foam, air, and combination materials and how both material and design can work together to achieve optimal health outcomes for your client or patient.

  • Understand the Quality Control & Design Processes

    Understand the guidelines and review the design and quality control factors that exist when creating effective and supportive backrests and back support technologies.

  • Help Protect Your Patients' Skin

    Learn the interplay between design, material, and fit and how they work together to help protect your patients' skin from common tissue injuries.


0.1 AOTA CEU(s)

Contact Hours

1 Contact Hour(S)

Who is this program for?

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Physical Therapists

  • Physical Therapist Assistants

  • Assistive Technology Professionals

  • Medical Suppliers & Providers

  • Reimbursement & Billing Specialists

  • Complex Rehabilitation Professionals

AOTA Classification Code(s)

Category: OT Service Delivery



Instructional Method

On-site Lecture or Live Stream Lecture, Discussion, Clinical Applications, and Demonstration

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