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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with multiple sclerosis to empty a leg bag independently. The user, who lives alone, has limited hand strength and was unable to empty her leg without calling for assistance. Although she was able to lift the bag from its carrier on her wheelchair, the valve at the top of the bag was stiff and difficult to open. Using a plastic cutting board as a base, a mount was created from two plastic blocks with a rectangular hole to hold the bag valve. A lever made of PVC tubing was added on the right side attached to a metal piece which slides between the blocks and opens the valve as the lever is pushed across. The base is mounted to two small bricks on each side, creating a space underneath for a five-liter container. The bag empties into the container and the user pushes the lever back to the resting position to close the valve. A table was made of wood and PVC tubing to house the device. Suction cups secure it to the floor and it is at the right height for the user to reach and has sufficient height from the floor to allow the wheelchair footplates to fit underneath. TITLE: Bathroom Assistance. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 26, Number 2, July 2006: p. 12-13. PAGES: 3 (including cover).
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