Svec and her colleagues collected data between May and September2012 to evaluate whether the equipment was appropriate for their patients. They were able to implement a passive, range-of-motion bicycle program on mechanically ventilated patients in the ICU. Traditionally, this type of therapy would not begin for about five days. Many patients were able to use the bike within 24 hours, while they were still sedated.
UPMC Presbyterian’s MICU is still using the bikes to help patients, with the goal of moving them toward the next step in their care and recovery.