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Intelligent Rotation in Space (IRIS) technology on the QUICKIE IRIS® was designed for the seat frame to rotate around the user's center of gravity, resulting in a smooth tilting motion and a system that remains balanced within a tilted position. Functionally, this design results in a tilt that is easy to control and allows for the shortest possible wheelbase that is easy to maneuver. Ultimately, prescription and final adjustments to this highly configurable system will impact the ease with which the chair can tilt and is essential to optimizing its performance.
The small red, white, and black circle in the very center of the graphic above shows the alignment of the person's center of gravity with the center of rotation of the tilt mechanism. The shaded areas of the seated person illustrate that whatever degree of tilt the seat is in, the person's center of gravity and center of rotation remain aligned. Because there is no horizontal movement of the person's center of gravity and different degrees of tilt, the wheelbase is shorter than wheelchairs with other tilt mechanisms, while still providing stability in different degrees of tilt.
Improving Tilt Performance
When designing a chair, the center of rotation can be determined based on two different methods:
- Set up by QUICKIE: utilizing the client's seated height, weight, and desired seat depth
- Set up by Depth: utilizing the frame depth range and pre-selected frame depth
These methods help QUICKIE to optimize the wheelchair's center of rotation (COR) with the client's center of gravity (COG).
Note: The addition of any aftermarket backrest, custom mold, ventilator, and any number of additional medical or personal items are not accounted for as part of this configuration. Therefore, it is recommended that the ease of tilt be assessed by the clinician and assistive technology professional/certified rehab technology supplier upon delivery to ensure optimal tilt performance for the client and caregiver, along with durability of the tilt mechanism over time.
In order to optimize tilt performance along with overall wheelchair performance and maneuverability, there are three different independent adjustments that need to be considered:
- Center of Gravity and Center of Rotation Adjustment
- Front Stability Adjustment
- Rear Stability Adjustment
Center of Gravity and Center of Rotation (CG-CR) Adjustment
Complete a CG-CR Adjustment by moving the back canes and the leg rest hanger assembly an equal distance to bring them into alignment while maintaining seat depth. This may impact the overall wheelchair stability as the entire seating system has been moved. Therefore, the front or rear stability may need to be adjusted next.
If the client's COG is positioned in front of the wheelchair's COR: the chair will tend to rotate forward out of tilt and into an upright position. This will result in forward instability or tipping forward when going down a slope and will be more difficult for the caregiver to tilt the wheelchair back.
If the client's COG is positioned behind the wheelchair's COR: the chair will tend to rotate back and into a full tilt position. This will result in rearward instability or tipping backward when going up a slope and will be more difficult for the caregiver to tilt the wheelchair upright. Remember, this may also be exacerbated by any personal or medical items placed on the back of a client's wheelchair.
Front Stability Adjustment
The front stability adjustment allows you to reposition the carriage over the base frame.
Rear Stability Adjustment
The rear stability adjustment can be completed by moving the rear wheel forward or backward on the base frame.
If you have questions regarding how to make these adjustments, please visit the Instructional Video Gallery, located within the Technician Support Center on our Dealer & Clinician Resources page, or visit the Sunrise Medical YouTube channel, where you can view these adjustments and other videos provided by our technical education team.
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