Robot-assisted very early mobilization: the goal and aspiration of our innovations


Robot-assisted very early mobilization: the goal and aspiration of our innovations

Reference clinic
Research partner
Pilot clinic


A new approach to mobilization

    Our VEMOTION combines adjustable tilting with robot-assisted leg movement therapy in a safe environment.

    • Uniquely, there is no need to transfer to a separate device as the patient can remain in their own bed.
    • Secure and efficient early mobilization of the patient – VEMOTION takes over the physically exhausting work of the nurse or therapist.
    • Early Mobilization is part of the ABCDEF-bundle and is seen as one of the most important therapies in the prevention of negative effects of immobility.


    movement through VEMOTION

    Therapeutical background

    Particularly large functional improvements are shown in the rehabilitation of neurological patients when the patients initiated the movements themselves. In comparison, rehabilitation therapies were significantly less successful when patients were only passively moved. Research shows self-initiation of the motor movement command is critical for functional improvements.*

    The Assist-As-Needed is the world‘s first robotic implementation of this therapy paradigm, which does not require any complex sensors such as EEG or EMG. A minimal movement of the patient is sufficient to achieve the desired complete range of motion in a robotically assisted manner.


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    • Patients get exactly the motion support they need.
    • AAN automatically detects the patient’s level of self-activity and continuously adapts the level of support.
    • Patients gain more room for interaction: Movement initiation, self-activity and stepping frequency are self-determined - the system supports the execution.
    • Appropriate training stimuli maximize participation and thus significantly increase self-activity.
    • Easy and fast calibration - separate sensors are not required.


    Discover VEMOTION

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    The robot is our centerpiece. It performs the stepping movement according to the mobilization parameters and is optimally adaptable to the patient's ability.

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    New perspective with our verticalizable bed. Our specially designed ICU bed enables verticalization and mobilization with the robot - directly in the patient bed.

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    Patient adapter

    Our patient adapters connect and secure. They provide the interface from the patient to VEMOTION, support the patient optimally and can be flexibly adapted.

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    The monitor is our guide. Intuitive interface guidance leads the user step by step through setup and mobilization.

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    The trolley is our all-rounder. It offers flexibility for the robot transfer and storage space for the patient adapters.

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    Different types of mattresses depending on your needs. Both active and passive anti-decubitus mattresses can be selected for VEMOTION.


    Advantages of VEMOTION

    The VEMOTION solves the problem of large-scale implementation of Very Early Mobilization in critical care by bringing robot-assisted mobilization to the patient.

    The unique usability of the VEMOTION allows one person to perform early mobilization therapy even with severely affected patients. This is possible because there is no need to transfer the patient to a separate therapy device.


    • Therapy is performed directly in patient's ICU bed. Dangerous transfers of the patient on to separate devices are avoided.
    • Risk of injuries is reduced by supporting the therapists in the physically demanding work.


    • Great user experience through intuitive user interface and state-of-the-art technology.
    • The robot-assisted technology complements manual early mobilization and can thus pursue several therapy goals at once.


    • Mobilization is individually adapted to the patient's capabilities: either manually or autoadaptively through the patented Assist-As-Needed technology
    • The specially developed patient adapters allow VEMOTION to be adapted to patients of different statures.


    • VEMOTION enables detailed recording of the therapy progress, as well as the patient's activity.
    • Therapy data is saved automatically on the device in compliance with GDPR; handwritten documentation is no longer necessary.


    • All components of VEMOTION comply with the highest hygienic standards. The components are either wipedisinfectable, reprocessable or single-patient items.


    Helle Dokken

    It is of particular importance to provide best possible care to patients by optimal working conditions for our care givers. Open-mindedness towards innovation in care taking will be key to cope with the challenges arising in the healthcare sector. The robot-assisted Very Early Mobilization support by VEMOTION will relieve our care givers from the physically hard work and create new temporal space for them to focus on the human side of care for their patients.

    Helle Dokken
    Helle Dokken

    Director Head of Nursing, University Medical Center – Göttingen, Germany

    Dr. Friedemann Müller
    Dr. Friedemann Müller

    From the beginning of the project, I support the approach of robot-assisted Very Early Mobilization. VEMOTION will combine the benefits of early mobilization with a unique usability approach. Bringing the therapy to the patient rather than the patient to therapy is truly innovative. I expect particularly our ventilated patients to benefit from this new device."

    Dr. Friedemann Müller
    Dr. Friedemann Müller

    Head Physician, Schön Klinik, Bad Aibling – Germany

    Helle Dokken


    Benefits for the users

    Intensive care teams
    Medical professional
    Healthcare system

    Benefits for patients

    • Mobilization for critically ill, including ventilated patients possible
    • Combination of mobilization and verticalization already at a very early stage
    • Support of manual early mobilization with the help of robotics
    • Early mobilization in the patient's own intensive care bed - dangerous transfer of the patient is avoided
    • Verticalization supports spatial orientation

    Benefits for your intensive care teams and therapists

    • Therapy directly in the patient's bed
    • Risky transfer is avoided
    • Physical relief & back-friendly work
    • Time for patient care and human attention at the same time
    • Optimal facilitation of therapeutic goals
    • Easier documentation of the therapy progress

    Benefits for you as a medical professional

    • Physical relief for your teams
    • Safe mobilization of your patients directly in their intensive care bed
    • Support for the implementation of therapeutic goals
    • Guidance compliant care of your patients
    • Easier documentation of the therapy progress

    Benefits for hospitals and intensive care units

    • Physical relief for nurses and therapists
    • Multiple use of an intensive care bed: The bed transforms into a mobilization system
    • Support of guidance compliant patient care
    • Mobilization for critical ill and ventilated patients
    • Easier documentation of the therapy progress

    Benefits for the healthcare system

    • Mobilization for critically ill and ventilated patients possible
    • Physical relief for nurses and therapists
    • Support of guidance compliant patient care with early mobilization as part of the ABCDEF bundle
    • Use of modern and advanced technology in healthcare

    • "He who does not go with the times, goes with the times" (Friedrich Schiller)


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