Exercise as treatment: New research should help the increasing number affected by severe pneumonia


Sas a result of the corona pandemic, infection of the lungs is one of the most talked about diseases. But even if one disregards the infection that is triggered by coronavirus, there has been a large increase in the number of patients with inpatient pneumonia in the last 10 years.

As a result, several hospitals are experiencing a shortage of beds – even when there is no pandemic that puts everything at the forefront. This is what Birgitte Lindegaard, clinical associate professor of infectious disease medicine and chief physician in charge of research at the Department of Pulmonary and Infectious Diseases at North Zealand Hospital, says. She is behind an experiment that aims to reduce hospitalization time, lower the risk of readmission, reduce mortality and ultimately ease the pressure on healthcare.

“We know that inactivity is bad for the body and we know that infection states are consuming the body. The two well-documented conditions coincide in patients admitted with pneumonia, of which one in four patients is actually readmitted within 30 days’.

Therefore, 80 patients have so far been through a course where a randomized sample of lung patients follows a physical training program with the support and guidance of staff. During a normal hospitalization, the patient loses muscle mass, which means that the elderly patients often come out more weakened than in.

“If our study shows that the hospitalization time is shorter and that they maintain muscle mass, as our hypothesis is, then our vision is to implement it in all hospitalized patients,” says chief physician Birgitte Lindegaard


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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