Even A Tiny Bit Of Activity Can Speed Recovery In Intensive Care Patients

March 30, 2015 3:38 PM

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Even A Tiny Bit Of Activity Can Speed Recovery In Intensive Care Patients

WASHINGTON (AP) — The intensive care unit is a last frontier for physical therapy: It's hard to exercise patients hooked to ventilators so they can breathe.

Some hospitals do manage to help critically ill patients stand or walk despite being tethered to life support. Now research that put sick mice on tiny treadmills shows why even a little activity may help speed recovery. It's work that supports more mobility in the ICU.

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