Effects of recliner-chair versus traditional hospital bed on postsurgical diagnostic laparoscopic recovery time

J Perianesth Nurs. 2002 Oct;17(5):318-24. doi: 10.1053/jpan.2002.35366.


Little has been documented regarding postoperative nursing interventions that are effective in decreasing postoperative recovery time, improving patient outcomes, or optimizing discharge readiness. A randomized study was conducted to evaluate 2 methods of recovery positioning and to examine factors that affect home readiness (eg, voiding, intake) for postsurgical laparoscopy patients. Participants were randomized into 2 groups. The control group was recovered in traditional hospital beds, while subjects in the experimental group recovered in a "recliner-chair," which was adjustable by the patient for comfort. The results showed that patients who recovered in adjustable recliner-chairs reached home readiness sooner and experienced greater comfort levels than patients who recovered in traditional hospital beds. Furthermore, patients in the recliner-chair group had fewer adverse symptoms such as nausea, severe pain, and delayed voiding. This is a U.S. government work. There are no restrictions on its use.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Beds*
  • Female
  • Genital Diseases, Female / diagnosis
  • Genital Diseases, Female / nursing*
  • Humans
  • Interior Design and Furnishings
  • Laparoscopy / nursing*
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Discharge*
  • Postoperative Care / methods*
  • Posture