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Wheelchairs, Powered

Definition : Powered wheelchairs with the capability of climbing curbs and stairs and/or allowing the occupant to operate the wheelchair while lifted in a balanced seated position to the eye level of a standing person. They may have additional capabilities such as displacement on uneven surfaces (e.g., gravel, sand, grass) and operation under remote control when the occupant is not sitting in the wheelchair. These wheelchairs typically consist of a seating structure, including a seat, a backrest, armrests, footrests, and other components and/or accessories; a power system, including a motor, a battery, and brakes; a computerized unit for easy and reliable device operation; and a control unit operated by the occupant. Climbing/lifting powered wheelchairs (as typical for powered wheelchairs) are customized for each patient's needs; they are usually appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use.

Entry Terms : "Powered Wheelchairs" , "Electric Wheelchairs"

UMDC code : 16214

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