Reactive Robotics takes first place in this year’s “euRobotics Technology Transfer Award”
Smart, robotic assistants for the early mobilization of intensive care patients provides a valuable contribution to relieving the physically difficult workload of nursing staff through innovative technology, and to aiding the recovery of patients. The key term in this context is “VEMO” (Very Early Mobilization).
The VEMO system is a robotic exoskeleton, which is placed at the patient’s bed and attached to his or her legs by a nurse. The system then raises up patients (for example, those who are being artificially ventilated during stroke aftercare) and performs typical walking movements with them, enabling them to regularly activate their leg muscles as early as 24 hours after being admitted to care. This supports circulation and breathing at an early stage and prevents the deterioration of muscles and bones due to inactivity. As part of a therapy regime, the system can be adjusted to each patient’s current movement capabilities and therefore support therapy success even more effectively.
„Our goal is to provide intensive care and ventilated patients as early as possible with the option to participate in mobilization therapy. Studies have confirmed that early mobilization can aid and expedite the recovery process to a great degree. In addition, our robotic assistants also help to relieve the workload of nursing staff and therefore prevent a collapse of nursing infrastructure due to Covid-19”, says Dr. Alexander König, Founder of Reactive Robotics GmbH and developer of the VEMO system.
Recent results from the field as part of clinical studies at several renowned German hospitals, among them the Charité in Berlin, one of Europe’s largest university hospitals, once more confirm that the agile team of Reactive Robotics is on the right path with the development of the VEMO system: The AI-based system is currently already in use in intensive care wards of a number of hospitals, where it supports the recovery of Covid-19 patients. For its innovative approach, Reactive Robotics was recently awarded the prestigious “euRobotics Technology Transfer Award”, an annual award, which honors outstanding projects resulting from cooperation between research science and industry. You can find more information about the award here: