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Lecture scientific study/P&O contribution

The coefficient of friction of wheelchair seats as a risk assessment for potential pressure ulcers

Short description

Pressure ulcers in wheelchair users are caused by shear stress. We investigated the kinetic coefficient of friction (COF) of 5 wheelchair seats. The lowest COF measured (0.35-0.4) was still too high. We recommend a very low COF surface combined with a concave seat to reduce the ulcer risk.


Prof. Dr. Franz Konstantin Fuss
University of Bayreuth