Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Support Surface Equipment Assessment

  • The person’s equipment should be assessed in order to rule out improper: use, setup, ergonomics, and/or fit, and/or equipment malfunctioning as the cause(s) or contributing factor(s) of the person’s pressure injury.
  • Referral to an occupational therapist, physical therapist, or specialized seating clinic for a more thorough assessment should be considered.
  • If issues relating to a person’s mobility and activities of daily living are identified, referral to an occupational therapist or a physical therapist is recommended.


An equipment evaluation includes an assessment of the person’s:

  • bed or other support surface
  • wheelchair/seating
  • sporting equipment
  • bathroom equipment
  • transfer equipment and any other surface upon which the person sits or lies (e.g., vehicle seat, couch, etc.)
  • foot rest/foot wear
  • supports for maintaining equipment (e.g., hand check for proper air inflation of air cushions)
Clinical Management
Assessment and Management of Pressure Injuries for the Interprofessional Team, Third Edition
Point of Care Resources