early rehabilitation


Within the last decade the importance of early mobilization of critically ill patients has become evident. Safe mobilization and intensive sensorimotor stimulation are key factors for the therapeutic success in early rehabilitation. Mobilization and stimulation applied already in critical care ensure the exploitation of the optimum recovery potential in affected patients and counteract secondary complications due to immobility.

Safe and effective mobilization of a vegetative state patient in critical care

Motivated Towards Full Recovery

Timothee was a healthy 17 year old when all of a sudden he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré, an inflammatory illness leading to malfunctions of the nerves throughout the body. After his admission to the CHUV in June 2013, he spent one month in an artificial coma. Already in the intensive care unit he started his therapy with the Erigo three times per week. «The goal was to activate the brain and the body», explains Timothee. «At the beginning I didn’t feel my body at all. That changed through the mobilization with the Erigo».

His good physical condition before the onset in combination with the therapy with the Erigo helped him recover extremely quickly. «First it was the Erigo that moved his legs, and in the end it was Timothee who gave the impulse. That motivated him very strongly», explains Timothee’s mother Valerie.

By end of July 2013 Timothee reached his goals of being able to breathe and eat on his own and to move his legs again. He was able to leave the CHUV and is looking forward to continue his rehabilitation including the therapy with the Lokomat. «Before my illness I was always healthy and never had to go to a hospital. I’m amazed and happy to see how many great devices there are to help people like me recover again.»

"We note a direct link between the intensity of the sensorimotor stimulation with the Erigo during therapy and the recovery process of our neurological patients."

Dr. med. Karin Diserens, Head of Acute Neurorehabilitation Unit, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV), Switzerland

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