RT300 Supine FES Bike
FES arm and leg cycling from a bed
The RT300-Supine provides FES arm and leg cycling from a bed. It is ideal for use in the ICU, acute rehabilitation environments, or for those patients who are confined to bed at home . Integrating the RT300-Supine into your service can achieve improvement in clinical and patient centred outcomes, as well as reducing the net cots of ICU admission and longer term effects of ICU Acquired Weakness.
Mounted on an expandable table fitting over and around beds, this allows it to be brought to the patient. Height is easily adjustable via the motorised table up to 47.5″ (120cm).
RT300 Supine Product Information
The RT300-Supine accommodates beds up to 46.5″ (118cm) wide including bariatiric beds and comes with:
- An antimicrobial touch screen
- Easily cleanable surfaces
- Cleanable gel pads for skin protection
- Adult and paediatric pedals
- Adjustable cranks for patient size and asymmetry
Supine FES cycling can help prevent muscle atrophy, improve skin condition and promote wound healing.
The electric cart facilitates correct positioning over the end or side of the bed, while restraints hold the system in position. Adjustable calf supports secure the legs while the feet are placed in the footrests. A pulley system controls leg abduction and adduction during therapy sessions.
FES is a well-established rehabilitation technique that uses pulses of electrical current to stimulate peripheral nerves. FES is applied using adhesive pads placed over the muscle to be activated. When activated, it generates muscle contractions and patterned muscle activity.
With restorative therapies systems, FES creates patterned movement in the arms, legs and trunk. In people with weak or paralysed muscles, FES enables muscles to work and perform activities, even if the individual may not be able to consciously participate. Users can also stimulate core erector spinal muscles and abdominal muscles during the therapy session. This group of muscles are important for posture, balance, transferring, reaching and coughing.
When Karen was 19, she was shot in the back during an armed robbery, resulting in a T10 complete spinal cord injury.
Karen first discovered the RT300 at an ability expo which resulted in her getting one for her home. When Karen first tried it, she felt “Amazing!”
“I love to feel my muscles contract and get stronger! I love the cardiovascular workout.”
She loves that the RT300 works her calf and ab muscles, unlike other FES devices. She also likes that the RT300 is smaller than her previous FES device, and is even portable for travel!
Karen uses her device three to four times a week, or as much as she can, which has resulted in a reduced amount of spasms and increased muscle definition. When she doesn’t use it regularly, Karen reports feeling weaker and weight gain.
In addition to standing, Karen says her device has kept her wound, fracture, and contraction free.
Based on her experience, Karen believes that the RT300 should be recommended to ALL patients that qualify for one.
“I hope physicians and therapists are being taught about how life changing this technology is for people with spinal cord injuries. It has saved my life by keeping me healthy and active for 31 years. I’m 50 years old and in great shape.”
Karen lives a very active lifestyle, enjoying sports such as adaptive rowing, water skiing, and snow skiing. She also likes going to the beach and concerts in her free time.
When asked about what’s next, Karen said, “I plan to write a book about my journey to becoming Ms. Wheelchair America 2019.”
Congrats, Karen! We can’t wait to read it!
“Be persistent and you can accomplish anything!” she said.
All stimulation is coordinated during the upper and lower extremity motion based on the muscle selection.