Developing and Implementing an ICU Early Mobility Program

  • 2015

Developing and Implementing an ICU Early Mobility Program

Author:
Molly Botenhagen
Abstract:

The purpose of this project is to implement an early mobility program to include a mobility team and admission protocols to combat the adverse effects of ICU-associated muscle weakness. After years of research focusing on the specific diseases and illnesses such as respiratory failure, circulatory shock and seemingly untreatable infections that are responsible for millions of intensive care admissions, the current focus of critical care research is shifting to one of the most common treatable conditions associated with prolonged hospital stays and diminished quality of life. Studies indicate that early mobility is associated with positive outcomes such as improvements in discharge outcomes, decreased length of stay, and greater percentage of patients able to discharge to home. Early mobility has been linked to decreased morbidity and mortality because inactivity is associated with profound adverse effect on the brain, skin, skeletal muscle, pulmonary, and cardiovascular systems.