The SmartWheel: The Ultimate Clinical Tool
The SmartWheel examines manual wheelchair use by analyzing each push on the handrim to measure:
- Push Forces
- Push Frequency
- Push Length
- Push Smoothness
- And More
The SmartWheel creates automated reports that allow therapists to optimize:
- Wheelchair set-up and push style.
- Equipment selection and insurance justification.
- Client evaluations through database comparison.
The New 2013 SmartWheel: Now Even Better
Key new features of the 2013 SmartWheel:
- Modular design accommodates all wheel sizes:
- Ability to easily change wheel and handrim sizes (22”, 24”, 25” and 26”); no tools are needed!
- Improved battery life: 30% longer battery life while connected to computer.
- Uses 9V rechargeable or alkaline batteries: Allows for flexibility in using and acquiring spare batteries.
- SmartWheel computer allows simultaneous connectivity to both the SmartWheel and other wireless networks.
- Upgraded software: Allows for new software modules to be integrated as they are released.
- Compatible with older SmartWheel data files.
- Weighs less than 9 lbs (25% lighter than prior SmartWheel).
The SmartWheel: Setting the Standard
The SmartWheel sets the standard in the field of wheelchair use analysis. SmartWheel use is supported by evidence-based research, an active SmartWheel Users Group and Database, and a strong presence in leading clinics nationwide.
- Clinical Practice Guidelines on Upper Limb Preservation support the importance and use of SmartWheel data.
- Clinical Decision-Making Flowchart for SmartWheel use is published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2008).
- 7 of the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals have SmartWheels (US News & World Report Rankings, 2009).
- The SmartWheel Users Group is made up of leading rehab centers throughout the US and Overseas.
- SmartWheel users have exclusive access to the largest database of manual wheelchair use in the world, a database that is regularly updated.
- The SmartWheel has FCC, CE, and FDA (Class I) approvals.
Why the SmartWheel is Good for Your Patients
- 75% of all manual wheelchair users experience upper limb pain or injury.
- Pain in the shoulder, wrist, and hand (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) is common.
- Justification of the proper wheelchair, optimal set-up, and proplusion training all serve to reduce this incidence of pain and injury.
- The SmartWheel facilitates each of these tasks and supports a standard of care that improves quality of life for manual wheelchair users.
Why the SmartWheel is Good for Your Clinic
- The SmartWheel provides data for what clinicians do everyday: Wheelchair evaluation, equipment justification, and skills training.
- SmartWheel use fits directly into evaluation, wheelchair management & training CPT Codes.
- SmartWheel users have exclusive access to the largest Database of Manual Wheelchair Users in the world, and it's always being updated.
- As a recognized leading edge tool, the SmartWheel brings new patients through the door and is a source for generating revenue & referrals.