Complications of Immobility

Immobility can be bad for patients and hospitals

Although critical illness and injury require various degrees of bed rest or immobilization,14 immobility itself has been found to have negative complications on patient’s health.15

Potential complications of immobility include among others

  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Delirium
  • ICU acquired weakness


References »

14. Spellman NT. Prevention of immobility complications through early rehabilitation. In: Rehabilitation of the Injured Combatant. Fort Detrick, MD: Defense Department, Army, Office of the Surgeon General, Borden Institute. 1999;2:741-777.

15. Knight J, et al. Nurs Times. Effects of bed rest. 2009;105(21):16-27.