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  • n  walking about
    the hospital encouraged early ambulation

  • Early ambulation ("an ugly phrase for a beautiful idea") means that patients are out of bed as soon as possible, perhaps one or two days after the operation.
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  • Because Walking Saves Lives, Mobilizer Inc. Is A Startup That's Aiming To Get Hospital Patients Moving
    For sedentary medical patients, one of the easiest ways to reduce the time of hospital stays and decrease the risk of complications like blood clots and pressure ulcers is simply to get up and walk around. But with medical equipment like oxygens tank or IV drips in tow, it can take nurses up to 20 minutes to prepare a patient for ambulation, adding up to hundreds of hours of wasted time each ...
    Sept. 1, 2013 - TechCrunch

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