Getting hospital patients up and moving shortens stay and improves fitness29 apr 2019
Mooie review over (meer) bewegen tijdens ziekenhuisopname voor ouderen: Getting hospital patients up and moving shortens stay and improves fitness Interventions to encourage patients admitted to hospital for medical problems to get out of bed and walk around increases their mobility, without increasing their risk of falls. A review summarised thirteen trials from the UK, Europe and Australia, involving 2,703 adults of average age 75, admitted to hospital for medical reasons. It found significant improvements in walking speed (a measure of fitness) among those who took part in programmes to encourage mobilisation, compared with patients who did not. Length of stay was on average two days shorter. Encouraging mobilisation among hospital in-patients may be a relatively low cost and effective way of reducing hospital stays and improving patient well-being.