Sitting out patients – the advantages

Sitting out patients – the advantages

Sitting a patient out in the hospital, rather than them being confined to a bed, offers a multitude of benefits, impacting both their physical and mental wellbeing, as well as overall recovery and speed at which that can take place:

Physical Benefits:

* Improved mobility and strength: Sitting out promotes movement and muscle activity, preventing atrophy and stiffness, and leading to improved mobility and functional strength.

* Reduced risk of pressure ulcers: Prolonged bed rest increases the risk of pressure ulcers. Sitting up (or out) helps distribute pressure evenly across the body, minimizing this risk.

* Better pain management: Some positions while sitting can alleviate pain and discomfort compared to lying in bed, improving overall comfort and wellbeing.

* Enhanced breathing and circulation: Sitting upright improves lung function and blood circulation, promoting oxygen delivery throughout the body.

*Shorter stay in hospital; there have been many studies on showing that by sitting a patient out and encouraging movement can reduce their stay in hospital thereby freeing up beds sooner – a benefit to both the patients and the HCP’s.

Patient Benefits:

* Improved mood and reduced anxiety: getting out of bed and being in a different environment can boost mood, reduce feelings of boredom and isolation, and contribute to a more positive outlook.

* Enhanced cognitive function: sitting can improve alertness and cognitive function, promoting better mental clarity and engagement.  With an activity tray, or al IV pole attached to a multifunctional care chair, patients can be far more in control of what they can do and achieve.

* Increased independence and control: being able to get out of bed and participate in activities can empower patients and give them a sense of control over their recovery.

* Improved social interaction: sitting in common areas allows patients to socialise with other patients and staff.

*Quicker return to daily activities: early mobilisation through sitting can facilitate a faster return to functional activities of daily living.


Sitting out needs to be carefully considered and tailored to each patient's individual needs and medical conditions. Some patients may require assistance or specific equipment to sit safely and comfortably. We provide slings, hoists and standing and moving aids if you require these too – just contact is here