The Effect of an Early Mobility Protocol among Critically Ill Patients

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Healthcare organizations are under increasing pressure to provide the best care for their patients. They are not only starting to be held accountable for preventable problems, but are being scrutinized based on patient outcomes. Many patients in the hospital will require a stay in the intensive care unit (ICU). While many patients do survive their ICU stay, a large number of them are left with physical disabilities related to that stay. Some of those disabilities are long term or even permanent. Research has shown early mobility to be beneficial to ICU patients, and helps to prevent or alleviate some of the problems associated with an ICU stay. A multidisciplinary team was formed to implement early mobility at a large metropolitan hospital in Southern California. A policy was developed and the ICU staff was educated on early mobility. Early mobility was implemented in 2012. Since the implementation of early mobility in this ICU, data has shown a decrease in ventilator time, ventilator associated pneumonia rates and mortality rates. The purpose of this performance improvement project was to evaluate the effects of an early mobility protocol among critically ill patients in the intensive care unit upon ventilator time, ICU length of stay and hospital length of stay.

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