Early mobilization as soon as medically safe during a recovery from critical illness has been shown to improve long term outcomes for the patient, decrease repositioning needs, expedite discharge and reduce re-admissions.
The prescription of correct seating as part of the treatment package often enables early mobilization by supporting the patient to get out of bed earlier and therefore positively impacts their clinical outcome.
Bed rest results in 12% loss of muscle strength each week, intensifying to 50% loss after 3-5 weeks.1 Therefore, encouraging the patient to sit in a chair as early as possible into their treatment can be a key factor in order to preserve muscle strength.
Early mobilization using the correct chair that fully supports a patient’s posture and meets his or her clinical needs can contribute to their overall health and wellbeing.
Providing a patient with the ability to sit out of bed can have overwhelming benefits on the patient’s psychological wellbeing, their dignity and confidence.
As a result of their improved psychological well-being, they will start to feel better mentally and be more motivated to interact with staff members, family and other patients. The impact on speed of recovery can be life changing.
If a person remains in bed, their mobilization can be delayed. This can lead to many secondary complications including pressure injuries and an increased length of stay.
We must look at the financial and the physical impact of a patients delayed discharge or prolonged stay in bed;
the average cost of a hospital stay
more likely for a patient to die within one year if they develop a hospital acquired pressure injury
View the Seating Matters product range, clinically designed to aid early mobilization.
The Milano takes the clinical features, the quality and durability for which Seating Matters is known and puts it into an accessible, universal chair.
The Phoenix has been clinically designed to provide maximum postural support and comfort.
The Sorrento has been clinically designed to reduce pressure injuries, prevent sliding, falls and safely increase early mobilization.
The Atlanta has been clinically designed to provide a robust, durable and safe environment, reducing the risk of injury and falls.
The Bariatric Sorrento is a tilt in space, fully motorized chair that can accommodate the varying body shapes, reducing the risk of injury for both the patient and caregiver.
The Kids range of tilt in space chairs, with their effortless adjustability ensuring their comfort, posture and pressure management benefits remain uncompromised.
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