FAQs

What exactly is the VEMO SYSTEM®?
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VEMO SYSTEM® (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 VEMO SYSTEM®?
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The VEMO SYSTEM® 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 VEMO SYSTEM® 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 VEMO SYSTEM®?
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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.

How much time is needed for preparation and detachment?
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Depending on the patient’s condition, experienced users can start mobilization with the VEMO SYSTEM® within 10-15 minutes. Detachment and disinfection after therapy can be done within 5-10 min.

Does the patient have to be transferred out of bed for mobilization?
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With the VEMO SYSTEM®, mobilization can take place directly in the patient's bed. The patient remains in his bed, there is no need for an additional patient transfer.

Who is allowed to use the VEMO SYSTEM® on patients for early mobilization?
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The VEMO SYSTEM® may be used by therapy and nursing personnel. From experience an interdisciplinary approach is recommended.

Is the patient moved only passively, or is an active movement of the patient also possible?
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Both passive and active-assisted mobilization is possible. Mobilization can be individually adapted to the patient's condition.

Can the VEMO SYSTEM® be used with any intensive care bed?
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For mobilization with the VEMO SYSTEM®, an adapted intensive care bed is used, which can be verticalized and is compatible with the Robot.

What types of mattresses can be used with the VEMO SYSTEM®?
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Both passive and active decubitus mattresses can be used.

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