At the University of Pittsburgh’s Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC), the University of Pittsburgh Wheelchair and Cushion Standards group has applied a subset of test methods from the ISO 16840 standard suite to a diverse cohort of approximately 50 cushions. This web-based interactive tool has been created to allow stakeholders to explore our independently generated cushion performance data. The cushions are not identified by name but by cushion categories. You can sort cushion performance by broad cushion category or CMS code. The performance data includes a reference cushion, which is a 3” thick, high density polyurethane foam cushion with a 25% IFD of 170 N and 65% IFD of 320 N. The reference foam cushion was enclosed in a cover with a 2-way stretch nylon/spandex top and non-slip polyester bottom.
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To learn more about the efforts of the University of Pittsburgh Wheelchair and Cushion Standards Group visit us at wheelchairstandards.pitt.edu.