Sepsis is the result of organ failure-related infection in at least one organ system, often leading to admission to a critical care unit for advanced life support measures. In survivors of this serious illness, 30-50 per cent will have a sepsis readmission within the year. Low quality of life, high rates of muscle weakness and activity limitation are listed as the most pressing issues facing sepsis patients after a critical care discharge. Improving the cardio-respiratory function of this patient population could increase their chances of survival and help them resume important activities.
This study will assess the safety and feasibility of a 10-week aerobic exercise training program for sepsis survivors. Outcome measures will relate to cardio-respiratory function as well as reduced long-term adverse events.
“This intervention has the potential to revolutionize the lives of sepsis survivors, empowering patients to take back their health through safe, personalized exercise,” says Dr. Boyd.