Exploring what happens to processes in the body when a person is bedridden, and what nurses should look for when monitoring such patients
John Knight, PhD, BSc; Yamni Nigam, PhD, MSc, BSc; Aled Jones, PhD, BN, RN (Adult), RMN; all are lecturers, School of Health Science, Swansea University.
Knight, J. et al (2009) Effects of bedrest 1: cardiovascular, respiratory and haematological systems. Nursing Times; 105: 21, early online publication.
This is the first in a three-part series on the physiological effects of bedrest. It discusses what happens to the cardiovascular, respiratory and haematological systems when a person is bedridden. Other articles in the series will cover the effects of immobility on the digestive, endocrine, renal, nervous, immune and musculoskeletal systems and will examine the effects of bedrest on the skin.