Assistive Medical Robotics for Very Early Mobilization of Critical Care Patients


Assistive Medical Robotics for Very Early Mobilization of Critical Care Patients


Assistive Medical Robotics for Very Early Mobilization of Critical Care Patients

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Revolutionizing very early mobilization with a patient-orientated approach: VEMOTION


According to recent studies on manual mobilization, it is shown that mobilization can lead to an accelerated recovery process and contribute to regain independence.

Our solution – the VEMOTION - supplements manual therapy with an assistive robotic-system, supporting nurses and therapists in the mobilization of their patients.

Patient-orientated care supported by VEMOTION:

  • Severely affected and also ventilated patients experience individual support already during a very early stage of their recovery process.
  • Mobilization is performed directly in patient's ICU bed. Dangerous transfers of patients onto separate therapy devices are avoided.
  • Supported by robotics, the combination of verticalization and movement facilitates the mobilization.
  • Due to the individually adapted robotic support, your patients can perform familiar movement patterns in an almost upright position.
  • On top of that VEMOTION provides physical relief of ICU teams, robotic support reduces the strain on the back during mobilization.


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Primaria Dr. Pucks-Faes

The VEMOTION is a useful addition to our rehabilitation team for the mobilization of post COVID-19 patients. Due to the adaption of the training parameters it seems to expose an ideal load on the patient and results in a positive influence on the ventilation of the lung, the cardiovascular-, digestive and the senso-motoric system.

Primaria Dr. Pucks-Faes

Medical Director, Tirol-Kliniken GmbH, LKH Hochzirl-Natters, Zirl

Dr. Karin Diserens
Dr. Karin Diserens

Our experience has proven that Very Early Mobilization is key for faster recovery of patients. With the VEMOTION coming up, we will be able to treat our ventilated patients more often, in a very secure environment, with lower physical strain on our nurses and therapists. The idea of transforming the patient bed into a therapy device will allow us to implement early mobilization even more efficiently in our ICU.

Dr. Karin Diserens
Dr. Karin Diserens

Neurologist, Head of the Acute Neurorééducation Unit Neurology Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Lausanne University Hospital – Lausanne, Switzerland

Primaria Dr. Pucks-Faes


Robotics for the medical future

The goal of Reactive Robotics is, to set the new gold standard of early mobilization of critically ill patients.

By providing robotic assistance systems

  • We assist nurses and therapists in taking care of their patients
  • We facilitate mobilization of critically ill patients
  • We make care patient-centered by allowing robotics to work hand-in-hand with nurses and therapists
  • We improve economic efficiency in the health care system

Our clients are hospitals that want to provide their patients with the best possible care during their path towards recovery while supporting their clinical staff with the best available technology.


The importance of early mobilization

Scientific studies show:

ICU patients, who received manual early mobilization, recover faster than patients, which do not receive this very early mobilization therapy.

With early mobilization:

  • Secondary complications can be prevented
  • Vigilance criteria can be improved
  • Cardiovascular functions supported


What exactly is the VEMOTION?
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VEMOTION (VEM = Very Early Mobilization) stands for a robotic assistance system for the mobilization of critically ill patients, especially intensive care patients. The unique feature: The system combines verticalization and movement.

What are the components of the VEMOTION?
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The VEMOTION consists of a Robot and a Trolley, the verticalizable intensive care bed with a mattress and the patient adapters for stabilising the patient during verticalization and mobilization.

Which patients benefit most from the mobilization?
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Studies conducted on manual early mobilization (EM) show that especially in ventilated patients, targeted EM significantly improves the recovery process and can reduce ICU length of stay (LoS) by ~23%.

Mobilization with the VEMOTION is especially recommended for severely ill patients with the LoS expected to be long and the transfer out of bed to be costly but also risky for patient and user due to tubes, infusion lines and catheters.

Are there contraindications for a mobilization with the VEMOTION?
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A list of absolute and relative contraindications has been identified based on input from various medical professionals. The final decision to perform mobilization is under responsibility of the attending physician.


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