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"Wii-Hab" in critically ill children: a pilot trial
J Pediatr Rehabil Med (2013)
  • Farah Abdulsatar, Western University
  • Rachel Walker
  • Brian W. Timmons
  • Karen Choong
Purpose: To evaluate the safety and feasibility of virtual reality (VR) exercise as a novel acute rehabilitation intervention in a Pediatric Critical Care Unit (PCCU) setting.
Methods: Children aged 3-18 years with an anticipated PCCU stay > 48 hours, and baseline normal to moderate cognitive and functional disability were eligible. Exclusion criteria included: anticipated death, physical inability, or a contraindication to mobilization. Nintendo Wii™ Boxing was prescribed for a minimum of 10 minutes twice a day for 2 days. Primary outcomes were feasibility and safety.
Results: Of 21 eligible patients, 12 (57.1%) were enrolled and 8 completed the study. 41.7% (5/12) were males, and the median age was 11 (3,16) years. Four of the 8 participants who received the intervention were mechanically ventilated during Wii™ play. Participants used the Wii™ a median of 2 times (1,5) over the 2-day intervention period, for a median total duration of 54.5 (15, 224) minutes. There were no adverse events attributable to the intervention. Upper limb activity during Wii™ was significantly greater than the average daily activity (p=0.049). Grip strength did not change significantly from baseline (p=0.20).
Conclusion: While the results of this pilot trial suggest that VR exercise may be safely applied in a subset of critically ill children, we observed several threats to its feasibility in this population.
Publication Date
Winter January 1, 2013
Citation Information
Farah Abdulsatar, Rachel Walker, Brian W. Timmons and Karen Choong. ""Wii-Hab" in critically ill children: a pilot trial" J Pediatr Rehabil Med (2013)
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