Project Description

Ban Bedcentricity

Stimulates patients to be more active during their hospital stay

Patients in hospitals become passive and everything revolves around the hospital bed. The question we should be asking ourselves is; why does the patient “lie” in the hospital? Why is the hospital bed playing a central role? The project wants to explain patients why movement is so very important for recovery and encourage patients to exercise and move around as much as possible. However, achieving this and making it possible is a big challenge!

The challenge

How can we make patients more active during their hospital stay?

The solution

In hospitals, healthcare is bed-centered. This is beneficial from a logistic point of view. The patient is easy to find and the hospital ward is arranged for medical efficiency. However, beds elicit physical inactivity. Moreover, the average hospital environment does not motivate the patient to come out of the bed and start moving.

On average, patients in hospitals spend 80% of their time in their beds. However, the vast majority of patients have no medical reason to stay in bed. This physical inactivity has detrimental effect such as loss of muscle strength, neuromuscular control and physical endurance. Promoting physical activity can be beneficial for postoperative recovery and can substantially reduce the duration of hospitalization. Especially intensive mobilization in an early stage has been proven to be effective in the prevention of negative health effects after operations.

Therefore, the objective of the Ban BedCentricity project is to remove the beds during daytime and transform the hospital environment in order to encourage patients to be more active and get out of their wards more often. The implementation will start at the department of Cardio-Thoracic surgery in Radboudumc and will be implemented in other departments in a later stage.

The following steps will be taken:

  • Removing beds from the wards during daytime (replaced by ergonomic chairs)
  • All caregivers in the department will be involved in encouraging physical activity
  • Corridors will be made more attractive (e.g. art, warm colors, maps indicating walking routes, attractive resting places with benches)
  • A hospital room will be especially arranged for physical exercise
  • Patient will be provided feedback of accomplished levels of physical activity through activity monitors

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What did we do?

REshape supports and gives advise to the team of Ban Bedcentricity about developements in Healthcare Innovations on topics like: wearables, VR, selfmanagement, AI and serious gaming.

 All Radboudumc patients

Patient
Patient
“The day after surgery I had to get out of bed. I felt a bit scary but everything went well, I had more air.”
Shanna Bloemen / Yvonne Geurts
Shanna Bloemen / Yvonne GeurtsPhysiotherapists
“In a hospital the bed has a central place in the room. The patient is often ‘trapped’ in the bed. This impedes the ability of the patient to move and the ability of the caregiver to activate the patient. The project Ban Bedcentricity tries to remove these barriers so that a patient can actively work on his recovery.”