Exersides™ Refraint™

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The Exersides™ Refraint™ System allows patients to move while containing and deflecting vital tubes and lines. It negates the need for traditional restraints. Critical Care Physician Marie Pavini MD designed Exersides™ to allow earliest mobility while treating patients with dignity and compassion.

Exersides™ is based on the concept of Refraint™, which refers to untying patients from their beds without extra sedation to allow arm movement for patients who are awash in vital tubes and lines – #Refraint not restraint!

Refraint™ vs. Restraint


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Better for Patients, Better for Staff

The unique patent-pending design of Exersides™ allows staff to easily access, visualize and protect IVs, and A-lines, and check vitals, glucose, capillary refill and pulse oximetry without constricting wrist circulation or causing fear and anxiety.

Exersides™ can quickly and easily revert to a restraint and has an intermediate exercise setting to always conform to ‘least restraint necessary’ while keeping patients and staff safe.

Exersides™ does not interfere with ETT, feeding tubes, PICCs, blood pressure cuffs or patient turning. It even LOOSENS with edema to protect circulation and localized hand swelling.

Exersides™ does not require constant supervision and encourages secretion clearance and gut motility through thoracic movement. The included hand device encourages dexterity, strength and comfort.

With Exersides™, patients can move and hold hands. Families enjoy much needed interaction and feel more empowered by participating in patient recovery through in-bed mobility involvement.

Most of all, by fostering effective and humane care, Exersides™ can help minimize agitation, sedation, immobility and delirium all while saving money and improving satisfaction scores. A great QI project!

How the Exersides™ Refraint System works:

Exersides™ has two bed tie options plus a no-tie option. This makes it easy to adjust the level of Refraint™ and restraint to meet patient needs throughout the course of their hospitalization.

The restraint bed strap is most often used during intubation. It is the most restrictive configuration and can be adjusted depending on the extent of arm movement that is safe for a patient at any given time. It can also be used for procedures to keep the arm in proper position.

The exercise (resistance) bed strap allows slower arm movement. This level is used for in-bed resistance exercise for patients who are not aggressive but may be unpredictable.  

The  no-strap option can also be used for exercise purposes and allows maximum freedom with continued safety. Hands cannot become tangled in or bump into tubes and lines. It should be the goal with each patient.

With all levels, use sedation wisely to maintain a balance of cognition, mobility, safety, comfort and dignity.

Nurses Carol and Pam Try Out Exersides™ at NTI Boston 2018

Pilot Study

In 2017, we conducted a pilot study of critical care patients, comparing Exersides™  with traditional wrist restraints.

The results showed that patients who wore Exersides™ used less propofol, had better agitation scores and both moved and interacted more. Questionnaires revealed better patient, family and staff satisfaction when compared to traditional restraints.

Subsequently a NIH trial was successfully completed demonstrating safety and feasibility

See Exersides™ in Action

We offer live, online demos of Exersides™ so you can see exactly how it works. We are happy to set up a time that is convenient to you so we can answer all your questions. Sign up for an online demo here.