Jemima gave us a quick update on her work in May 2017:
“Approximately 50 mechanically ventilated patients have been recruited into this study (about half the number needed). Data analysis is still underway, but we are seeing some interesting things. From the recorded physiotherapy sessions, just over half of the mechanically ventilated patients got out of bed with the physio in some form; such as a tilt table, marching on the spot or walking around the unit.
So far, it seems the guidelines are a useful tool in guiding physios when it can be safe to exercise ventilated patients, however, we need to finish recruited and finalise the data analysis to know the full impact of these guidelines. When this is done, I’ll be looking at the effect of exercising patients requiring extra heart medication in the ICU in closer detail, which will hopefully give us a greater idea of when it can be safe to get them up and out of bed.”
Watch this space…!