Early mobilisation is a crucial aspect of care for patients in the neurology ward of a hospital research has shown the significant benefits it offers to a patients' recovery and overall well-being. Here are some of the key reasons why early mobilisation is essential for neurological patients:
Prevention of muscle atrophy and stiffness
Prolonged bed rest can lead to rapid muscle atrophy and stiffness, particularly in the affected limbs. Early mobilisation helps to maintain and improve muscle strength, flexibility, and range of motion, reducing the risk of long-term issues.
Improved circulation and oxygen delivery
Movement promotes blood circulation, enhancing oxygen and nutrient delivery to tissues, including the brain; crucial for brain recovery and minimising the effects of neurological disorders.
Accelerated cognitive and motor recovery
Early mobilisation stimulates the brain and improves its ability to process information and coordinate movement.
Reduced risk of pressure ulcers
Prolonged bed rest with little movement increases the risk of pressure ulcers, which are painful and potentially life-threatening. Early mobilisation helps to distribute pressure evenly across the body, minimizing the risk of these ulcers.
Prevention of DVT’s
Immobility increases the risk of blood clots forming in the legs, particularly DVT. Early mobilisation promotes blood flow and reduces the risk of DVT and its potential complications, including PE.
Reduced hospital stay and improved hospital outcome long-term
Early mobilisation has been shown to shorten hospital stays and improve overall patient outcomes in neurological conditions. Early mobilisation is attributed to faster recovery, reduced complications, and improved quality of life.
Encouraging improved mental health in a patient
Early mobilisation can positively impact psychological well-being by reducing anxiety, boredom, and feelings of isolation associated with prolonged bed rest. It progresses a sense of empowerment and control.
Reduced risk of relapses
Early mobilisation may reduce the risk of relapses in neurological conditions such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease. It can help to maintain overall physical and cognitive health, promoting better long-term outcomes.
Potentially cost-effective for the health service
Early mobilisation contributes by reducing hospital stays, minimising complications, and preventing long-term functional impairments. It also leads to improved patient outcomes.