Gina E Bertocci

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The quality of life of patients relying on electrically powered artificial organs is currently restricted by the limited energy availability provided by portable batteries. As these patients become increasingly ambulatory, and are developing more active lifestyles, this limitation grows more apparent. Coincidentally, these patients may themselves be capable(More)
Many wheelchair users must travel in motor vehicles while seated in their wheelchairs. The safety features of seat assemblies are key to motor vehicle occupant crash protection. Seating system properties such as strength, stiffness, and energy absorbance have been shown to have significant influence on risk of submarining. This study investigated the(More)
An investigation of the effect of the shoulder belt's upper anchor point location on crash protection during wheelchair transportation was conducted using a lumped parameter crash victim simulator. While varying the upper anchor point location in each of three directions, the occupant kinematics and injury criteria of the Hybrid III test dummy were(More)
We compared differences in isometric strength between older adults who have undergone elective unilateral total hip arthroplasty (THA) and completed rehabilitation with a population of community-dwelling older adults who have not had THA. The study was a cross-sectional design, and 22 unilateral THA subjects and 38 community-dwelling older adults(More)
Many wheelchairs are used as vehicle seats by those who cannot transfer to a vehicle seat. Although ANSI/RESNA WC-19 has been recently adopted as a standard to evaluate crashworthiness of the wheelchairs used as motor vehicle seats, replacement or after-market seats may not be tested to this standard. This study evaluated the crashworthiness of two(More)
This study characterizes pediatric wheelchair kinematic responses and wheelchair tiedown and occupant restraint system (WTORS) loading during rear impact. It also examines the kinematic and loading effects of wheelchair headrest inclusion in rear impact. In two separate rear-impact test scenarios, identical WC19-compliant manual pediatric wheelchairs were(More)
Automotive seats are tested for compliance with federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) to assure safety during impact. Many wheelchair users rely upon their wheelchairs to serve as vehicle seats. However, the crashworthiness of these wheelchairs during impact is often unknown. This study evaluated the crashworthiness of five combinations of(More)
Children with disabilities are transported on a daily basis to schools and developmental facilities. When they travel, they often remain seated in their wheelchairs in vehicles. To study injury risk of pediatric wheelchair users in motor vehicle crashes, three of the same pediatric manual wheelchairs were sled impact tested with a seated Hybrid III(More)
Safety of motor vehicle seats is of great importance in providing crash protection to the occupant. An increasing number of wheelchair users use their wheelchairs as motor vehicle seats when traveling. A voluntary standard requires that compliant wheelchairs be dynamically sled impact tested. However, testing to evaluate the crashworthiness of add-on(More)
Obtaining proper occupant restraint fit when using a wheelchair as a motor vehicle seat is often difficult to attain with vehicle-mounted restraint systems. The comprehensive evaluation conducted in this study illustrates the occupant crash protection benefits of wheelchair-integrated restraint systems, as compared to vehicle-mounted restraint systems.(More)