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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Depending on the patient’s condition, experienced users can start mobilization with VEMOTION within 10-15 minutes. Detachment and disinfection after therapy can be done within 5-10 min.
With VEMOTION, 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.
VEMOTION may be used by therapy and nursing personnel. From experience an interdisciplinary approach is recommended.
Both passive and active-assisted mobilization is possible. Mobilization can be individually adapted to the patient's condition.
For mobilization with VEMOTION, an adapted intensive care bed is used, which can be verticalized and is compatible with the Robot.
Both passive and active decubitus mattresses can be used.