A tilt table is a platform that can be tilted to different angles. The patient lies on the platform, and their heart rate and blood pressure are monitored. The platform is then tilted to a vertical position, which simulates standing up.
- In physical therapy, tilt tables can be used to help patients who are recovering from injuries or illnesses regain their ability to stand and walk.
- In rehabilitation, tilt tables can be used to help patients who have been in a coma or who have suffered a spinal cord injury regain their balance and coordination.
- Prevent muscle atrophy: Tilt tables can help to prevent muscle atrophy by allowing the patient to bear weight. This is important for patients who have been bedridden for a long time.
- Reduce the risk of pressure sores: Tilt tables can help to reduce the risk of pressure sores by redistributing weight and preventing prolonged pressure on any one area of the body.
- Improve circulation: Tilt tables can help to improve circulation by increasing the amount of blood that flows to the brain and extremities. This can help to prevent complications such as stroke and deep vein thrombosis.
- Reduced fatigue: Tilt tables can help to reduce fatigue by allowing the body to adjust to being upright gradually.
- Early mobilisation. Encouraging patients to bear weight on their legs again after a period of illness assists mobilisation, and from that potentially a shorter stay in hospital and better outcome post-admission.
Tilt tables can enable rehab in patients who have:
Suffered from a stroke: Tilt tables can help stroke patients regain their balance and coordination. They can also help to prevent contractures.
Spinal cord injury: Tilt tables can help people with spinal cord injuries regain their ability to stand and walk. They can also help to improve circulation and prevent pressure sores.
Multiple sclerosis: Tilt tables can help people with multiple sclerosis improve their balance and coordination.
Tilt tables are typically used on a patient in the ICU for a short period of time, such as a few hours or days. The length of time that a patient uses a tilt table will depend on their individual needs.