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2018 : Moving on milestones for children in intensive care

Pioneering work at the Royal Hospital for Children is helping parents and children on life support machines share special family milestones for the very first time – the only work of its kind in the UK.

The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit is leading the way by working with patients – many of them on ventilators - and their families to embrace early movement. This has led to families being able to share a number of key milestones. Parents have been able to spend time with their child outside for the first time or get their very first family photo where the child isn’t confined to bed.

The Move on Ventilation Early (MoVE) programme was a year in the planning with the aim of tackling Intensive Care Unit acquired weakness that can quickly affect seriously ill patients confined to a hospital bed.

Parents and child playing in intensive care unit.