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WOCN Continuing Education

Wheelchair Seating & Mobility Considerations for the WOC Nurse

Oct 23, 2019 2:00pm ‐ Oct 23, 2019 2:00pm

Expiration Date: Dec 12, 2022

Credits: None available.

Standard: $25.00
Members: $0.00


Credits (Post Test and/or Evaluation Required)

1.27 - Contact Hours

Release Date: 12/12/2019

Expiration Date: 12/12/2022

Credit Information:

Nurses – ANCC Accreditation Statements

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15115.

DISCLAIMER: Accreditation refers to educational content only and does not imply ANCC or WOCN Society endorsement of any commercial product or service.

Target Audience: RN, Nurse Practitioners, Health Care Professionals who work with WOC patients.

To Receive Credit:

Complete the activity in its entirety.

Complete/submit the posttest and evaluation.

Print out your certificate and/or save to your computer. It will also be saved to your CEC account.

Program Overview:

In a wheelchair-using population, seating and positioning has a significant impact on pressure injury development. Issues of sensation and mobility deficits, skeletal deformity, muscle tone, spasticity, postural collapse and body habitus all impact pressure, shear and friction. In addition to topical wound treatments, mattress and seating surfaces also contribute therapeutically to pressure injury prevention and healing. This lecture will explore common positional pitfalls as well as the properties of different seating surfaces. This will include a review of immersion and cell deformity that occurs when a person weight bears on a surface. After this lecture, you will be armed with tools that will assist you in quickly assessing postural issues that can prevent and/or mitigate skin injury.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop further understanding of the mechanisms of skin integration issues as it relates to seating and positioning.
  • Acquire a basic understanding of postural evaluation and how it translates to optimal seating for your clients.
  • Identify common pitfalls in seating and positioning to help prevent and/or mitigate skin injuries.


The planners and faculty for this session reported no relevant relationships with commercial interest organizations. This presentation was reviewed to ensure no bias was present.

Commercial Support or Non-Commercial Sponsorship:

There is no commercial support or non-commercial sponsorship for this activity.


  • Ms. Julianne Rece, MSN, RN, CRRN, CWOCN, Wound, Ostomy, Continence Clinical Specialist, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Dr. Laurajean Kudatzky, PT, DPT, ATP, CWS, Physical Therapist, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Category: Wound


  • 1.27 - Contact Hours
  • 0.00 - Pharmacology

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