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The benefits of exercise are well known for the healthy, but can also be profound for those in recovery from illness. With this in mind, the Welsh Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport has introduced two exercise bikes to its intensive care unit, enabling patients to remain active.
“When patients are in a critical care environment they develop muscle weakness which can lead to problems with physical function,” physiotherapist Sara Biggs explained, according to Wales Online. “There’s lots of literature to say that the earlier we get people moving, the better.
“Using these bikes at an early stage definitely helps to preserve ICU patients’ muscle mass and also helps them to keep moving and gain the strength to get back up walking more quickly. The bikes have been quite motivational for patients as they prepare for the ongoing work that they will be doing in rehabilitation.”
The bikes were funded by the Welsh government, and their use is encouraged as soon as patients are able for this step. “Getting on the bike is a stepping stone into rehabilitation – you see that bike and you know then that you’re getting better,” said former patient Dave Jackson, who had suffered from the rare Guillain-Barré syndrome. “You know you’re not just going to lie in that bed and vegetate.
“When I first got on the bike I was a bit apprehensive as I had been so ill, but as the days and weeks went on my legs and arms got so much stronger. You got back into bed after exercising on the bike and you really did feel alive – it’s fantastic!”
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