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Dr Trust prides in the craftsmanship of a wide range of advanced intensive-care support systems to enhance the quality of care you offer patients either at home or hospitals. It is our passion to develop sophisticated technologies, so all our products are uniquely designed and manufactured with utmost care by our R&D department at our advanced facility. Most of our products have own patented designs and technologies. Likewise, there are no exceptions in crafting the perfect wheelchair.
Our wheelchair is a good choice for those who are looking for the easy to use wheelchair. It offers the specialized features, where comfort, manoeuvring and performance are important. It is the best choice because it can be easily dismantled, folded and transported by car. Above all, our wheelchair is typically lightweight if compared to other brands and made from a combination of aluminum and steel. To know more about our wheelchair, simply read the shared information carefully.
KEY FEATURES OF THE WHEELCHAIR
Do you want to know the key parts of our wheelchair? Knowing about the key features of this wheelchair is important as it will help you to understand the anatomy of it or help when you are planning to replace its parts or planning to repair it at home.
Located on the back of the wheelchair, the push handles help to push the chair. We have installed rubber handles to make it more comfortable to push the wheelchair.
The armrests (on both sides) are designed to be strong and sturdy. They allow patients to rest their arms at a height higher than their lap with a straightened spine while sitting upright. They also offer extra support during transfer.
There are three types of wheels front casters, pneumatic wheels and hand rims. The hand rims are used for manual propulsion of the wheelchair. While front castors (mag wheels) are small size, heavy and durable wheels.
The brakes are located on the front side of pneumatic wheels next to the bottom of the seat. Breaks lock the wheels to prevent the wheelchair from moving.
There are two movable footplates to provide support surface on the top of where the user's foot is resting.
The components connect footplates to the frame. They allow the footplates to be adjusted according to user’s comfort level.
It eliminates road shock and makes rides smoother.
Extra-Seat cushion can be placed on the place where users sit down to make it more comfortable.
The backseat is the fixed area that supports the user's back to rest on.
Large enough wheelchair storage bag enables you to carry multiple things including; water bottles, medical help, groceries purse and more. It is made of strong but lightweight fabric which can be attached easily.
Hand Grips are durable rubber ergonomic grips that allow users to push, pull, turn and stop the wheelchair more easily. They also improve power and performance of it in both indoor and outdoor environment.
GETTING STARTED WITH THE WHEELCHAIR
Our wheelchair is lightweight (15.66 kg) and comes fully assembled. All you need to do is:
- Take the wheelchair out of the package.
- Unfold it and hook on few attachments without using any special tool.
- Sit on-top of your wheelchair seat and it is ready to roll.
However to get started with the wheelchair safely, must check about the seat depth, back height, rear seat to floor, wheel camber, seat width etc. Depends on body size, you might need to make little adjustments.
Seat Depth (43 cm)
It is measured from the most posterior point of the body to the inside of the knee. Some prefer more leg overhang to make room for their hand when lifting their leg.
Back Height (40 cm)
It is measured from the seat base to the top of the chair back. It affects freedom for the upper body to rotate.
Seat Width (44cm)
It is the widest point of the body from knee to hip. 44 cm offers enough space to move freely. It also makes you comfortable even you having heavy winter clothing.
How To Fold And Unfold The Wheelchair
With Fixed Backrest With Foldable Backrest
With Foldable Backrest
1. Grasp the handle and lift upwards in the arrow's direction.
- While lifting the handle, push it against the armrest for support.
Opening the Wheelchair
Caution : When the pin is locked, a click sound can be heard. (pic)
With Fixed Backrest
Stand behind the wheelchair and pull it outwards to open up the chair. (pic)
Next, press the seat down to open it. (pic)
Do not place your hand or finger at the seal pipe or beneath the seat. (Pic)
Reference page Image below
Adjusting the Height of the Foot Plate
- Turn the foot plate in the direction of the arrow, and adjust its height. Then tighten the nut at the side of the step pipe with the spanner provided.
- Using the spanner, slightly loosen the portion of the step pipe where it is bolted to the foot plate.
- Turn the foot plate in the direction of the arrow. Then fix the foot plate.
- Flip the foot plate up whenever getting on or off the wheelchair.
- Ensure that foot plate is at least 7 cm above the ground. If placed too low. The foot plate will hit obstacles when travelling on uneven ground, causing the wheelchair to be off-balance.
Folding up the Wheelchair
- Flipthe footplate upwards in the direction of the arrows
- Lift the centre of the seat up to fold the wheelchair. These are applicable to wheel chairs with fixed backrests. For those, with foldable back rests, continue with steps ® & ®·
- Hold on to the handle with one hand, and pull the the knob backwards with the other.
- The handle can now be dropped downwards.
Using the Brake Safely
Pull both brake lever backwards to lock chair. To release the brake, push it forward.
Using Seat Belt
The seat belt is an added safety feature in Dr Trust wheelchair. Users need to attach buckle to avoid fall or injury.
For Patient Assisted Wheelchair
Push the brake lever downwards to lock the wheelchair and pull the lever up to release the brake.
Brakes at the handles are only for reducing speed. Remember to apply both the brakes simultaneously. To lock the chair, the brake lever must be applied.
MANEUVERING WHEELCHAIR SAFELY
Pushing and maneuvering Dr Trust Wheelchair is easy. It is lightweight and easy to push and transport from one place to another.
Instructions For Caregivers
- Set the patient in a vertical posture in the chair. (please don’t forget to lock the chair’s wheel when you are transferring the patient to and from the wheelchair).
- The footrests should be folded to the side to ensure the safety of the patient when he is getting into the wheelchair.
- After the setting of the patient, shift the footrests back to the position and be sure that they are fine-tuned to the appropriate place for the patient.
- Hold on to grips on the back of the wheelchair firmly for pushing or pulling it in the proposed route. (must tell the patient you are going to be moving the chair).
- Always control speed according to the patient comfort as speed could be unpleasant for the patient.
- Avoid trying new moves if you are maneuvering the wheelchair for the very first time.
Instructions For Users
- Always place yourself in a good and erect position in the wheelchair.
- Your feet should be placed ahead of you in the footrests.
- Hold the wheels of the chair with your hands before moving your wheelchair on your own.
- Reduce speed whenever you need to change the direction.
- Don’t try to force your wheelchair up any kind of slope like hills or ramps.
- Also, refrain from moving up or down curbs unassisted, whenever possible.
- Practice with an empty wheelchair pushing and pulling a wheelchair down/up a kerb.
- Don’t forget to inform user about what you intend to do.
- The chair must be lined up at 90° to the kerb.
- It is safer to go down a kerb backwards. It requires less strength and gives a gentler ride.
- Slowly roll the rear wheels down from the kerb so that both wheels touch the road at the same time.
- When the occupant's feet are clear of the kerb, gently lower the front to the road.
- When the front casters are just clear of the kerb, push the wheelchair forwards until the casters rest on the pavement.
- Do not tip the wheelchair back more than necessary.
It is always best to avoid kerbs. If a kerb is unavoidable then the above shared precautions should be taken for the safe journey.
IMPORTANT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
- Its maximum weight capacity is 150 kg. Don’t put weight more than its capacity.
- Adjust the wheelchair including footrest and armrest properly before getting in or up from the chair.
- Ensure that the brake is locked when getting on/off the wheelchair. Refer to the Pic below on how to use the brake.
- Do remember to engage the brake even when stopping for a short while. Make it a habit to engage brakes.
- Always lock the brakes of the wheels when not in use or getting off from the chair.
- Do not step on the foot platewhen getting off the wheelchair, or else the chair will tilt forward. If needed, adjust or lift foot rests and arm rests for transferring safely.
- Do not place the wheelchair near any sources of fire, or else the backrest may be set on fire, resulting in injuries.
- Avoid forcing your chair down or up staircases, slopes and inclines.
- The wheelchair is designed to operate on a pathway which is clear of all obstacles. So, don’t force your way through stairways, rough terrain, sloppy pathways, and other rough surfaces.
- To move up a step. the care giver pushing the wheelchair must step on the tipping bar and push downwards at the handle , such that the front wheel castors are raised onto the step. Next, pull upwards at the handles to bring up the rear wheels. Do not try to push over the steps by force.
- To move up or down a steep slope, ensure that a care giver is around to support the wheelchair; otherwise, the chair may overturn. For a steep downward slope. The wheelchair should be turned to face up slope, and the care giver should back the chair downwards gradually.
- Never turn wheelchair while going downhill, as it could tip over.
- When turning at a sharp corner, reduce speed to avoid tipping over.
- When lifting a wheelchair with the patient on it, do not hold on to the handles if the chair’s backrest is the foldable kind, otherwise the back rest may be damaged.
- Don’t tilt the wheelchair backward until it reaches to its balance point as it could result in personal injury to the user.
- Before moving the wheelchair, ensure that the patient has his/her feet on the foot plate.
- Do not attach anything to the wheels as this could also cause tipping and possibly lead to damage the wheelchair or result in injury.
- The footplates should be at least 2-3 inches above the ground to permit proper clearance of potential obstruction.
- While transferring, do not step on or stand on the footplates as it may cause personal injury or damage to your wheelchair.
- Don’t forget to engage wheel locks before transferring either using an elevator or a wheelchair lift.
- For safe transfer always stop the wheelchair on a stable and level surface and engage wheel locks.
- Avoid placing heavy items on the back of the wheelchair as this can cause the wheelchair to tip backwards during transferring.
- You can attach flashy items on your wheelchair when you go out at night so that people can easily see you in dark streets or other places.
TRANSPORTATION OF WHEELCHAIR IN A CAR
Wherever possible it is recommended that wheelchair occupants transfer to a vehicle seat during a journey, with the wheelchair securely stored separately in a purpose made storage area.
Stowing the wheelchair in a car boot
Stowing the wheelchair is a car is very easy because it is compact, lightweight and fold-able that provides a practical alternative for transit purpose. You can place it to the car boot with folding armrests, footrests and other parts. For safe and easy stowing of the chair, you need to grip convenient fixed parts of the chair, and lift keeping the back straight, bending from the hips and knees. In case of any doubt about lifting and handling the weight of the chair, assistance should be sought from others.
GENERAL CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF WHEELCHAIR
A regular maintenance is important to maximize durability of the wheelchair. It also ensures the proper functionality of the chair for a long time.
To maintain Dr Trust Wheelchair appearance and a prolonged lifespan, it should be cleaned properly. Greasy or fatty substances can reduce the service life of the chair so, it is important to clean it properly on a regular basis. Moreover, the fabric used on the chair is easy to clean. Add a small amount of washing power in warm water and apply it on the fabric with a cloth. Rinse off it with clean water and leave it to dry. Antiseptic solutions can be applied to the fabric.
Although the wheelchair is resistant to most of mild chemicals and household stains but if something is absorbed by it that may cause a permanent stain, can be extinguished by cleaning it with a soapy sponge.
Do not use harsh chemicals such as bleaching powder, wax polish, abrasive cleaner etc as the use of any of these material could harm PVC laminates and subsequently lead to cracks on the surface of chair.
- Below are some general guidelines for wheelchair troubleshooting.
- It is a folding frame wheelchair, so the folding mechanism should be checked regularly for easiness of use. If you found any stiffness, apply small amount of silicon spray to alleviate it.
- If folding the wheelchair becomes difficult, the frame may be bent and you will need to check it.
- If the chair is veering in one direction, it means there is some issue in its parts alignment. It need to be adjusted straightaway for making seating comfortable.
- If you diagnose toe-in or toe-out issue (difference in the distance between the both front and back wheels’ levels of the axles), adjustments need to be done. Usually this can be achieved by using washers to space the axle block, either at the front or the back, whichever is appropriate. Sometimes, adjustment of toe-in or toe-out can be done by rotating of the axle bar.
- If the wheels does not spin well, there could be the bearings problem. It may be loose or worn and you need to review all wheels on weekly basis.
- If you found excessive sideways movement of the wheels, it could be because of loosening of the nuts holding the axle. They should be checked and tightened if required.
- If there is excessive grinding noise and sideways movement, it may be because of worn bearing. You need to replace this part with the help of a qualified professional.
- Check and tight the nuts on the stem bolt or caster fork to restrict the free movement of the caster.
- If it is harder to push and turn the wheelchair, check its tyres’ pressure. Always keep them inflate to the standard pressure level as over inflated tyre can also cause a problem.
- Replace worn tyre immediately as it may result poor traction and also affect the efficiency of brakes.
- Eradicate malfunctions related to brakes and all other safety features by your own or with the help of a professional.
- Users should not attempt major repairs or modifications.
- Approved Distributors have full Service Information and are able to advise if the chair becomes damaged, requiring major part replacement, or refitting.
- If you have any doubt about service requirements, contact to the Customer Support Department of Dr Trust.
- Frequency of distributor service maintenance depends on usage level.
- We recommend that chairs are checked by the distributor at assessed intervals, according to the level of use and usage environment.
- Warranty can be affected if a wheelchair is not adequately maintained.
- Users should note that wheelchairs retain appearance if looked after and cleaned regularly.
Rear Wheel Diameter
Front Wheel Diameter
- Please read the manual carefully before you use the wheelchair.
- 1 year guarantee is available from the date of invoice (exception for the easy torn parts, including surface treatment).
- Free maintenance is not available if any of the followings meets.
- Damages due to improper use or maintenance, or any other actions not in accordance with the instructions of this user"s manual.
- Damages due to dis-assembly.
- Damages due to accident.
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