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Cushion Design

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--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Cardboard and foam seat cushion is shaped to provide relief from pressure sores for wheelchair users. To construct cushion, cut rectangular pieces of corrugated cardboard the same size as the user's wheelchair seat upholstery. Glue enough pieces together to make a 2 inch high stack. Cut out a pressure relief hole. Dampen top layers of cardboard cushion and have user sit on them for several hours until the cushion is molded to user's buttocks. Dry the cushion and paint with waterproof varnish. Make a cotton cushion cover and slip cardboard into cover. Add enough foam padding to cover areas of high pressure. Includes diagrams. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. Assembly. AUTHOR: Hotchkiss, R TITLE: Cushion Design IN: Independence Through Mobility: A Guide to the Manufacture of the ATI-Hotchkiss Wheelchair REF: Washington, DC: Appropriate Technology International: p 148-150 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R3184 PAGES (including cover): 4 1985.

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