A positioning device, such as a pelvic positioning belt, is designed to maintain alignment with the support surfaces (i.e. the seat and back), provide stability and postural support and to promote function. A restraint is intended to limit movement to protect the client and/or others.
Yes. The pelvic positioning belt helps to maintain a neutral pelvic position during movement.
No, the armrests which attach to the back canes (flip-up) must be removed. These can be replaced with a single or dual post armrest.
The elastomers last approximately 2 years, depending on the frequency and forces applied. We have a “re-build kit” which includes upper and lower elastomers, as well as plastic caps for the top of the elastomers. These can be purchased and installed by your wheelchair supplier.
No, the color/strength of the elastomers should be the same on each side. Having different colors/strength will cause possible failure or breakage of the back and the back seating system.
Carrying any heavy object on the back or looped around the back canes will adversely affect the DRBi function and is not recommended.
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Occasionally you may want to latch the DRBi when pushing a manual wheelchair over rough terrain to prevent excessive movement, but remember to unlatch as soon as possible to prevent breakage of the DRBi and to allow the client to benefit from the dynamic feature.
Education about the equipment and how and why it works is essential. A DRBi which is latched when not in transportation is not allowing the client to benefit from the dynamic feature.
The DRBi should be unlatched all the time, except when the wheelchair is being transported with the client in the chair. Remember to unlatch the back as soon as the wheelchair and client leave the vehicle.