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Heavy duty wheelchair

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Heavy Duty Wheelchair (K0006)

Summary

A heavy duty wheelchair (HCPCS code K0006) is a type of manual wheelchair designed to support patients who require a durable and robust mobility aid due to their weight or need for a more sturdy chair. This wheelchair is intended for individuals who weigh more than 250 pounds but less than 350 pounds.

Purpose

The heavy-duty wheelchair addresses mobility challenges in patients with physical disabilities that require a stronger frame and higher weight capacity. The goal is to provide a reliable and comfortable means of transportation, enhancing the patient's mobility and independence.

Indications

  • Patients weighing more than 250 pounds but less than 350 pounds.
  • Individuals requiring a more durable wheelchair due to physical health conditions.
  • Patients with conditions such as severe arthritis, obesity, or other mobility-limiting issues.

Preparation

  • No specific fasting or medication adjustments required.
  • A thorough medical assessment to determine the need for a heavy-duty wheelchair.
  • Measurements for proper fit and comfort.

Procedure Description

  1. Assessment: A healthcare professional evaluates the patient’s weight, size, and mobility needs.
  2. Customization: The wheelchair is customized to the patient's size and preference, including seat width, height, and any additional support needed.
  3. Fitting: The patient is assisted into the wheelchair to ensure a proper fit.
  4. Training: Instruction on the proper use and maintenance of the wheelchair.
Tools and Equipment
  • Heavy duty manual wheelchair
  • Measuring tools for proper sizing
Anesthesia or Sedation
  • Not applicable

Duration

  • The fitting and training session typically takes 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Setting

  • Outpatient clinic or specialized medical equipment provider.

Personnel

  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Physical or occupational therapists
  • Medical equipment providers

Risks and Complications

  • Discomfort or improper fit if not accurately sized.
  • Potential risk of pressure sores if seating is not adequately cushioned.
  • Possibility of wear and tear on the chair, requiring regular maintenance.

Benefits

  • Improved mobility and independence.
  • Enhanced quality of life with easier access to various environments.
  • Durable and longer-lasting compared to standard wheelchairs.

Recovery

  • No specific recovery needed.
  • Regular follow-ups to ensure the wheelchair is functioning correctly and remains a good fit.
  • Maintenance as prescribed by the manufacturer.

Alternatives

  • Standard manual wheelchair: less durable and lower weight capacity.
  • Motorized wheelchair: provides more mobility but requires a different level of care and maintenance.
  • Bariatric wheelchair: for patients weighing over 350 pounds.

Patient Experience

Patients might initially experience a period of adjustment to the wheelchair's size and weight. Proper training and usage instructions can help mitigate any discomfort. Ongoing follow-ups ensure that the wheelchair remains well-suited to the patient’s needs, providing comfort and mobility without significant pain or inconvenience.

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