Rehabilitation Technology Virtual Tour at Pitt SHRS

Rehabilitation Technology Virtual Tour at Pitt SHRS


Welcome to Bakery Square, home to the
department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, or RST, at the University of
Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. The department’s
excellent facilities aide students and faculty and the Rehabilitation Technology Master’s Program, to advance education and work on the next
generation of assistive technology. The conference and classroom space offers accommodations conducive to hosting meetings, holding classes, or encouraging
small and large group discussions on ways to improve the health and
rehabilitative outcomes of people with disabilities. An estimated 3.6 million
people in the US and 1% of the world population depend on wheelchairs for
mobility. Poor performance and failure of wheelchairs result in being injured or
stranded and missing work or school. In the Rehabilitation Technology Program we are addressing this problem by performing standardized testing of
wheelchairs and developing new performance standards for seating
systems, rear wheels, castors, bearings, and other wheelchair components to improve real-world outcomes. We develop and evaluate innovative seat
cushion and surface technology and various devices for use in diagnosis,
prevention, and treatment. Students in the program undergo clinical internships along with participating in faculty or individual research. The Tissue Integrity Management Laboratory at Bakery Square is dedicated to the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of soft tissue pathology. We study the mechanical, biochemical, and physiological factors related to tissue viability and pressure
injuries, especially as they relate to seating services. Our faculty are leaders in the development of national and international standards for these devices. The faculty and staff at our RST continuing education program or our TCE are dedicated to providing the highest level of education as they disseminate information on cutting edge
advances in health care. We partner with leading professionals who present on
their research and in turn share that knowledge with our students and
colleagues. Our webinars and educational programs are premier resources in disability studies, rehabilitation, and assistive technology. The design studio is both the classroom and makerspace. Where students and faculty collaborate
on assistive technology products, specifically wheelchairs. The studio includes leading-edge 3D printers, and the latest computer technology, including SolidWorks, to provide students with an exceptional learning experience. Thank you for joining us for a tour of the Rehabilitation Technology Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

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