Supervised exercise rehabilitation in survivors of critical illness: a randomised controlled trial
Dr Ceri Battle, Mrs Karen James, Dr Paul Temblett, Professor Hayley Hutchings
Background: The number of admissions to critical care units in the UK has increased, with approximately 163,900 adults affected per year. While patient survival rates are improving, it is well-recognised that survivors of critical illness experience a range of profound physical and functional deficits that can persist for a number of years following hospital discharge.
Aim of trial: The primary aim was to investigate the impact of a six week supervised exercise programme on physical and psychological outcomes of survivors of critical care.
Setting and participants: We conducted a single-centre, assessor-blinded, parallel group, randomised controlled trial in a large teaching hospital in Wales. All patients recruited had been a patient on the medical and surgical ICU (with paediatric, burns and cardiac being managed on separate units) for two or more days. Exclusion criteria included patients aged less than 18 years (no upper age limit), living outside of a commutable area, any medical contraindications to exercise and participation in any other concurrent rehabilitation programme