THE TRAINING ROBOT
OFFERS BEDBOUND PATIENTS IN HOSPITALS OR CARE HOMES INDIVIDUAL EXERCISE
There are several reasons why bedbound patients cannot use the equipment applied within the healthcare system for conventional rehabilitation which is aimed at mobile patients who are able to get themselves to where the equipment is located. Bedbound patients need Atlin® equipment because it considers the special requirements of bedbound patients in two particular ways.
The Atlin® training robot is fixated onto a frame with wheels and that makes it easy to use for both patients and nursing staff. The particular, interactive functions without individual settings makes it suitable for both weak and stronger patients. The difficult task of selecting a suitable pedal resistance level prior to the training session is no longer necessary for neither staff nor patient. No fixed level of resistance is suitable to a weak patient.
The Atlin® training robot is a passive robot that only reacts when the patient’s feet presses a set of pedals. A system measures the strength of the pressure and pedal movements are steered based on those measurements so that the pedals obtain a slightly increasing speed through an increased pressure on the pedals. If the pressure is the same on both pedals, the pedals do not move. The robot starts reacting to a pressure of just a few hundred grams. In addition, the Atlin® training robot automatically adjusts the pedal resistance that the patient feels. For this reason, there is no need to adjust the pedal pressure or level of resistance for each patient.
THE ROBOT HAS BEEN DEVELOPED IN CLOSE CO-OPERATION WITH DANISH HOSPITALS.
One special advantage of the Atlin® training robot is that the pedal pressure is measured with sign digits so that a pull on one pedal has the same effect as a push on the other pedal. In this way, the patient is able to do leg bending and stretching exercises.
The robot has been developed in close co-operation with Danish hospitals, doctors and physiotherapists who are experienced in rehabilitation of bedbound patients.