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dc.contributor.authorLehmkuhl, Lene
dc.contributor.authorOlsen, Hanne Tanghus
dc.contributor.authorBrønd, Jan Christian
dc.contributor.authorRothmann, Mette Juel
dc.contributor.authorDreyer, Pia
dc.contributor.authorJespersen, Eva
dc.description.abstractBackground Early mobilisation of mechanically ventilated patients during their stay at an intensive care unit (ICU) can improve physical recovery. Yet, an objective and specified description of physical activities while in the ICU is lacking. Therefore, our aim was to describe the objectively assessed type, quantity, and daily variation of physical activity among mechanically ventilated patients while in the ICU. Method In an observational study in two mixed medical/surgical ICUs, we measured body posture in 39 patients on mechanical ventilation using a thigh- and chest-worn accelerometer while in the ICU. The accelerometer describes time spent lying, sitting, moving, in-bed cycling, standing and walking. Descriptive analysis of physical activity and daily variation was done using STATA. Results We found that mechanically ventilated patients spend 20/24 h lying in bed, 3 h sitting and only 1 h standing, moving, walking or bicycling while in the ICU. Intervals of non-lying time appeared from 9.00 to 12.00 and again from 18.00 to 21.30, with peaks at the hours of 9.00 and 18.00. Conclusion ICU patients on mechanical ventilation were primarily sedentary. Physical activity of mechanically ventilated patients seems to be related to nurse- and/or physiotherapy-initiated activities. There is a need to create an awareness of improving clinical routines, towards active mobilisation throughout the day, for this vulnerable patient population during their stay in the ICU.en_US
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dc.titleDaily variation in physical activity during mechanical ventilation and stay in the intensive care uniten_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2023 The Author(s)en_US
dc.source.journalActa Anaesthesiologica Scandinavicaen_US
dc.identifier.citationActa Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica. 2023, 67 (4), 462-469.en_US

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