Patients On The MoVE Thanks To Pioneering New Project

Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity is excited to announce the launch of MoVE (Move on Ventilation Early) - a pioneering new project that hopes to reduce the amount of time children need to spend in hospital.

The MoVE project aims to give all patients in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) a form of activity as soon as they are medically stable.

By becoming active as early as possible in their recovery, children will require less time in intensive care, spend fewer days on ventilators, and start breathing on their own again more quickly.

There are also significant benefits to the emotional wellbeing of the children and their families, reducing the stress and anxiety they feel while in PICU.

In addition to increasing the activity levels of the patients, the staff want to try and provide as normal an environment as possible, adapting the PICU to each patient’s routine rather than fitting the patients in with PICU.

One mum told us: “I felt so many emotions witnessing these sessions it's difficult to articulate. Hope, happiness, amazement, pride… I fully believe this greatly contributed to getting her off the ventilator.”

Teams of doctors, nurses and physiotherapists work closely to make sure that every patient – even if they can’t leave their beds – have access to the equipment and support they need to get active again.

The project is the first of its kind in a children’s hospital in the UK, and has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Devenny Family Fund. The Devenny family have been longstanding supporters of Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and we are so thankful for their ongoing support.

The data collected from the MoVE project will be used to help many other children in hospitals in the UK and beyond, and we’re sure the project will go from strength to strength.

Could you get active to support our young patients? Find out more about fundraising at: www.glasgowchildrenshospitalcharity.org