Exercise can speed ICU patients' recovery

May 14, 2009 2:46:19 PM PDT
Early exercise can boost the outcome of ICU patients. A new study finds interrupting the sedations of critically ill patients in the intensive care unit for brief physical therapy may lead to better outcomes.

This was a story we featured on Healthbeat earlier this year at the University of Chicago.

This study in the journal Lancet finds weakness and neuropsychiatric disuse are often complications of the immobilization caused by long term sedation in the ICU.

Chicago researchers found 59 percent of those who got the early exercise were able to walk unaided and carry out tasks of daily living much faster.


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