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Students' device allows ICU patients to get back on their feet
Date:5/28/2008

the inventors said, the MOVER requires only two hospital staff members to accompany the walking patient, compared with four staff under the earlier system.

Needham, the projects faculty sponsor, said, Weve tried this device on one MICU patient so far, and we are certainly keen to continue using it as part of our physical medicine and rehabilitation program in the Medical ICU at Johns Hopkins. The MOVER worked as well with the real patient as it did when we tested it with the biomedical engineering students serving as simulated patients.

At a recent competition for Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering design projects, the MOVERs team took second-place honors. The student inventors and their faculty mentors have obtained a provisional patent for the device and are exploring commercialization opportunities. Needham said much will depend on how quickly other hospitals adopt new therapies in the ICU setting to improve patient recovery. With the increasing interest in early mobility for ICU patients and the emerging scientific evidence supporting the benefit of this approach, he said, I think there is a strong commercial future for the MOVER device.


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Contact: Phil Sneiderman
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443-287-9960
Johns Hopkins University
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