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Are there any benefits to sitting a coma patient up in a chair?... Read More

  1. by   pugmum
    Quote from P_RN
    By all means! Short, short anecdote. Kid, head injury, comatose, 2 arms, 2 legs fx.

    Every day I got him up in the cadillac and we sat him in the nurse's station for about an hour. Of course "they can always hear you" so as usual I said ______ what would you like to do now?

    He OPENED HIS EYES and SAID "whatever Dr. So and So (sitting there) says I can."

    Within a week he was talking, walking on platform walker and was out of there in a couple of months.

    By all means. Get them up!!
    Perfect!!!!!!!
  2. by   snowfreeze
    Humans were not built to lay in bed 24/7...getting all patients to multiple positions benefits circulation, digestion, respiratory and mental function.
  3. by   palesarah
    Quote from P_RN
    By all means! Short, short anecdote. Kid, head injury, comatose, 2 arms, 2 legs fx.

    Every day I got him up in the cadillac and we sat him in the nurse's station for about an hour. Of course "they can always hear you" so as usual I said ______ what would you like to do now?

    He OPENED HIS EYES and SAID "whatever Dr. So and So (sitting there) says I can."

    Within a week he was talking, walking on platform walker and was out of there in a couple of months.

    By all means. Get them up!!
    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your story. Would it be OK it I shared it with my nurse freinds who don't come to allnurses? It's so inspirational
  4. by   Janlynn
    My father was in a coma following a motorcycle accident(no helmet). I've also worked on the neuro rehab floor. Any stimulation physical or mental is crucial for anyone in a coma. We always got our pt's up everyday, with my father I would get him in the wheelchair, take him outside and just push him around for awhile--of course by then he was extubated and somewhat alert-but still in a coma nonetheless.
  5. by   ArmyWife,RN
    I'm bumping this up because I'm still wanting to know if anybody has articles or web-site information regarding this practice.

    Thanks,

    A.W.
  6. by   happthearts
    Quote from ArmyWife,RN
    I'm bumping this up because I'm still wanting to know if anybody has articles or web-site information regarding this practice.

    Thanks,

    A.W.
    This is the article I found on the net It doesn't say that it helps but doesn't really spell out that it hurts. Kinda vage if they sat them up .

    http://jnnp.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/73/2/167

    Hope this helps

    Happy
  7. by   leslie :-D
    i did a quick search and could find sev'l articles re: 'coma stimulation' for those who were slowly emerging from a coma. i did come up w/1 useful link:

    www.comarecovery.org/comaarousal.shtm

    again, this link probably refers to those that are emerging from a coma.
    perhaps if i did (or you did) a search on pvs interventions, you might come up w/some evidence-based practice.
    but again, to me the circulatory & respiratory benefits cannot be questioned, nevermind the implication of the lack of dignity when letting a pt lay in bed like a vegetable....for me, i wouldn't need any evidence.

    good luck!

    leslie

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