FAQ

What types of patients do better with Exersides™ ?

Exersides ™ is better for intubated as well as delirious or dementia patients with vital tubes and lines. TBI and other patients in LTACHs and rehabs also benefit from not being tied to a bed and sedated.

It can also be used by first responders and for military transport to reduce the hemodynamic consequences of over-sedation or agitation consequences of over-restraint.

What are the clinical benefits?

The Exersides™ Refraint System allows less immobility and less agitation requiring less sedation. We know that immobility and sedation lead to delirium and post-intensive care syndrome (PICS).

What is the cost comparison of Exersides™ with traditional restraints?

We are not currently on the market so that information is pending. However, the price point will not be obstructive and there will be a tremendous cost SAVINGS when compared with traditional restraints, given the billions of hospital dollars spent on delirium, pressure injury, sedation complications, readmission, as well as societal costs from PICS.

How can I get Exersides™?

We will soon be on the market so we are offering pre-order and early adopter discounts. To be eligible, you must be pre-authorized by your institution to purchase Exersides™. To arrange that, contact us to help you with your committees and purchasing agents.

Can you send me a sample?

Not currently, but if you obtain pre-authorization for purchase we can put you on an accelerated list for a trial amount. Contact us to begin the pre-authorization process. We offer live online demos through this website, which is a good way to get a comfortable idea of usage.

Can I get an online demo?

Yes. Click here.

Do you have a pre-order list?

We do. Click here.

How do you use Exersides™?

  1. Minimize Sedation: Most awake without agitation
  2. Minimize Restraint: No Bed Strap > Exercise Strap > Rigid Strap
  3. Repeat

How do you put it on a patient?

  1. Place hand in wrist strap. Then buckle.
  2. Adjust arm rod length.
  3. Buckle shoulder strap.
  4. Use bed strap only if needed.

Is Exersides™ for both arms?

Yes. This is best for mobility and safety.

How do you store Exersides™?

The reusable portion of Exersides™ can be stored with other hospital supplies. The disposable portion is thrown away.

How do you clean Exersides™?

Exersides™ is cleaned with traditional ICU cleaning wipes and sprays.

What about documentation?

We’re working on that. We hope to attain non-restraint status for some configurations of the Refraint. Other configurations are considered restraint and require the same documentation as for traditional restraints.

Why is Exersides™ bigger?

Sometimes bigger makes your job easier. Keep in mind, overhead lifts and stand assist devices replaced gait belts!

Can Exersides™ affect our MIPS score? Or my Press-Ganey score?

Yes. In our Pilot Study, questionnaires revealed a greater satisfaction by patients and family (as well as staff). These satisfaction scores will boost reimbursement. Another point to consider is the anticipated reduction in the complications of sedation and prolonged length of stay when calculating those reimbursement allowances and readmission expenses.

What are the contraindications?

Not many. Certain orthopedic injuries may preclude use of Exersides.

Can nurses get hit with it?

Nurses make the decision about restraint level so the answer lies with them. There is a conservative bed tie that approximates traditional restraints, as well as an exercise strap that can be used with non-aggressive, unpredictable patients. In the ‘no-tie’ position, nurses must be as careful as with a patient that has no restraint, though the easy-grab padded bar is easier to control than a patient’s free arm.

Can Exersidesgo in an MRI?

Yes.

Is Exersides latex-free?

Yes.