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Healthcare start-up wheelAIR has introduced Susie Turnbull as its new wheelchair clinical educator, who will use her knowledge and expertise to research the issue of sweating amongst wheelchair users to then present her findings worldwide.

Qualifying as an OT in 2000, Susie has worked in the NHS and as an independent practitioner. Her expertise is in spinal cord injury rehabilitation due to spending 14 years at the National Spinal Injuries Centre.

Having also achieved a Masters in Design Research for Disability in 2006, Susie is excited to join the wheelAIR team, where she can combine her passions for a good idea and improving lives for people with disabilities.

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In her new role, Susie will focus on furthering the development and implementation of wheeAIR’s clinical strategy.

Her role includes building on microclimate research and fully understanding the effects of overheating in wheelchair users. Her research will be advanced through partnerships with universities and hospitals and presented at conferences worldwide.

In September, after gathering feedback from healthcare professionals, wheelAIR upgraded its cooling backrest system to have a more significant impact against the issues of overheating and over sweating that wheelchair users face.

No stranger to clinical expertise, wheelAIR has previously utilised the knowledge of healthcare professionals to showcase the clinical benefits of its cooling backrest system.

In a study presented at the 2019 PMG Conference by wheelAIR and Victoria Curling and Suzanna Shari from NHS Guys & St Thomas Wheelchair Services (Kings College Hospital), they confirmed that over the course of one year, the wheelAIR cooling system dramatically improved a man’s life.

“We are confident that the vast knowledge Susie has built-up will translate in stronger company resources and further assist us in training our commercial network,” the company concluded.

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