Walking around is the simplest way to shorten hospital stay
A new study from the University of Haifa has found that walking around the ward during hospitalization significantly reduces the length of the older patient’s stay. “Given the over-occupancy of many hospitals, this finding can be of great importance,” the researchers stated. Walking around the ward during hospitalization reduces the length of geriatric patients’ stay in internal wards. This has been shown in a new study by Dr. Efrat Shadmi and Dr. Anna Zisberg of the University of Haifa’s Department of Nursing, funded by the Israeli Science Foundation and published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.
The study surveyed 485 participants aged 70 and up, who were hospitalized for at least two days in the internal wards of a hospital in Israel. The participants’ physical condition was examined by means of questionnaires and those who were confined to a bed or immobile were excluded from the study. Those who were not restricted in mobility were asked about their physical activity during the course of their hospitalization, and based on their answers were divided into two study groups: those who remained in bed or seated next to it and those who walked around their rooms and the ward.