Bundled with other interventions, early mobility addresses complications associated with extended periods of sedation, mechanical ventilation, and bed rest. Outcomes include:
By reducing the length of ICU and hospital stays, early patient mobilization also reduces costs. Check out our hospital cost/benefit calculator to see how implementing early mobility can save hospital resources.
Dr. Wischmeyer of Duke University gives an overview of the challenges associated with early mobility, and the importance of implementing protocols.
Mobilizing a mechanically ventilated patient poses a serious equipment challenge. Tubing, lines, and monitors all need to travel along with the patient — and do so safely. Take a look at how clinicians manage the technology of ICU mobilization.
Initiating rehabilitation activities 24 to 48 hours after ICU admission may result in many positive outcomes for patients.([FOOTNOTE=Morris PE, Goad A, Thompson C, et al. Early intensive care unit mobility therapy in the treatment of acute respiratory failure. Crit Care Med. 2008;36(8):2238–2243. doi: 10.1097/CCM.Ob013e318180b90e.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=])
By taking a team-based approach, clinicians can bring the benefits of early mobility to their ICU.