Video games can help recovery of intensive care patients
A little child's play may help intensive care patients through their recovery.
A new Johns Hopkins study found that interactive video games may enhance physical therapy for patients in intensive care.
The findings were published online in the Journal of Critical Care. A patient's stamina and balance improved with use of the video games.
The researchers studied 22 patients admitted to ICU for respiratory failure, sepsis, cardiovascular disease and other health problems. The patients participated in 42 physical therapy sessions that included 20 minutes of playing on the Nintendo Wii or Wii Fit video game consoles. Activities included boxing, bowling, balance board use and others games that improved stamina and balance.
The study had some limitations because of its size and scope and the researchers said the next step would be a broader study to look at further benefits of video games.
Video games have also been found to improve motor function in recovering stroke patients.