Effects of bedrest 1: cardiovascular, respiratory and haematological systems

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Abstract

Knight, J. et al (2009) Effects of bedrest 1: cardiovascular, respiratory and haematological systems.Nursing Times;105: 21, 16-20.

This is the first in a three-part series on the physiological effects of bedrest. It discusses what happens to the cardiovascular, respiratory and haematological systems when a person is bedridden. Other articles in the series will cover the effects of immobility on the digestive, endocrine, renal, nervous, immune and musculoskeletal systems and will examine the effects of bedrest on the skin.

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