A man with a double leg amputation using a wheelchair to propel down a rough road.

Wheelchairs in emergencies

6 Lessons

This module teaches how to provide an emergency wheelchair following four service steps.

Difficulty level: Medium

Module duration: XX hours online, followed by supervised practice as needed.

Before you start, check that you have completed these modules:

This module is only for providing wheelchairs in an emergency situation. It is a response to immediate high demand following an emergency, and does not replace the WHO Wheelchair Service Training Package.

This module will teach you how to provide a wheelchair and cushion safely. These products assist a person to be mobile and access relief efforts. This is important for their survival in an emergency situation.

The module includes wheelchairs for personal use. It does not include wheelchairs for transporting a person from one place to another in a clinic or hospital situation.

Resources you will need

  • Emergency wheelchairs (for each type of wheelchair, one in each available size)
  • Tools for assembly and adjustment
  • Comfort cushion
  • Pressure relief cushion
  • An area which includes slopes, steps and rough ground for teaching wheelchair skills. An area that is under cover will make it useful in all weather conditions.
  • Leg raiser (if available)
  • Stump board (if available).

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