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Early Mobility-Length of Stay

early mobility and length of stay

May 8, 2020

Early Mobility and Length of Stay

Helping Hospitals Reduce Costs

Early mobility-length of stay. For hospitals, especially ICUs, reducing patient length of stay results in dramatic cost savings for both the individual patient and the hospital itself. Surveys done in both ICUs and across different units universally found that early mobilization dramatically contributed to improved patient turnover, improved patient outcomes, and millions of dollars in savings for the hospital.

Key Facts:

  • When nurses and rehabilitation therapists were able to increase mobility by approximately 1 hour per ICU patient (for patients on ventilators and patients who were not), the average ICU length of stay decreased by almost 20%, floor bed average length of stay lowered by almost 40%, and twice as many patients were discharged without home services. Average cost per day in the ICU and floor bed decreased, resulting in an annualized net cost savings of $1.5 million. (Corcoran 2017)
  • Danish hospitals recently performed a comprehensive national cost-savings survey and found that conforming to best-practice protocols reduced hospital costs by reducing patient length of stay and the need for secondary treatment; early mobilization resulted in one of the largest adjusted cost differences ($3,300 per patient). (Kristensen 2019)
  • One hospital introduced a systematic schedule for their pediatric unit and found that patients experienced: shorter periods of bed rest, reduced pressure sores, fewer falls, decreased length of stay, improved family satisfaction, and improved staff satisfaction. Overall, early mobilization resulted in cost savings for both the patient and hospital. (Letzkus 2013)
  • A study conducted at a community acute care hospital found that patients who received mobility intervention had fewer falls, ventilator-associated events, pressure ulcers, CAUTIs, delirium days. They also had lower sedation levels, improved functional independence, and lower hospital costs. (Fraser, 2015)
  • A comprehensive review of studies regarding post-operative knee surgery found that early mobilization (“fast-track rehabilitation”) resulted in shortened hospital stays and significant cost saving. (Quack 2015)
  • For patients hospitalized with Parkinson’s Disease, early mobilization is critical for improving both cost savings and improve outcomes. (Aminoff 2010)
  • Patients who achieved full mobilization within four days of coronary bypass surgery were able to be safely discharged from the hospital, without increased health risks, maximizing hospital resources and reducing hospital costs by over $900/patient. (Loubani 2000)

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Beneficial Reading

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Early Discharge after Coronary Bypass Surgery

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What Customers Say


“6 months ago we implemented 12 mobis into our early mobility program. We have a very diverse population on our ICU and having the option of mobilizing them in a way that is helpful and assistive to staff while instilling confidence in the patient and family is great. We’re still working to figure out our ideal workflow but it’s given us concrete examples of how even our sicker vented patients can get mobilized safely and efficiently.”

Mark Rohlfing
RN, BSN Clinical Operations Manager Intensive Care Unit
Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital - Muncie, IN

“After completing a research study with the LIVENGOOD mobi on our post trauma/surgical floor, I realized its potential to decrease length of stay, help with staff efficiency and empower patients to be independent.”

Lorrie Henecke
MS, APRN, ACNS-BC, CNRN Clinical Nurse Specialist
Medical Center of the Rockies, Loveland, CO

“We are so excited that the mobi helped us ambulate our very first vented patient.”

Esther Vandermeulen
University Health System - San Antonio, TX

“The LIVENGOOD mobi is very user friendly, safe and a great solution to use minimal staff and be able to contain all of the patient’s equipment.”

Michael Saccone
Saint Joseph's Hospital - Syracuse, NY

“I think the LIVENGOOD mobi will revolutionize the way we mobilize patients in the ICU. I saw patients mobilize sooner and with less anxiety with the mobi. One young patient was even able to walk outside with the mobi and her portable vent. Having the mobi made mobility a real team effort, not just a P.T. activity.”

Terra Terwilliger
PT, DPT - Adult Inpatient Physical Therapist
Rehab Services University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview Health System

“The LIVENGOOD platform allows my patients to be active and independent without attention being diverted to multiple lines, an oxygen tank, and other medically necessary devices. It allows patients to have hope and a sense of “normalcy”, which so often is lost after trauma or surgery.”

Jessica Gilbert
Staff Physical Therapist - Medical Center of The Rockies -Loveland, CO

“Six years ago I was introduced to the LIVENGOOD mobi. This piece of equipment has been life changing for my patients. I am now able to consolidate all of the patient’s medical devices onto an easy to push mobile platform, therefore freeing up both of my hands to safely assist my patient.”

Tanya Kensley
Poudre Valley Hospital -Fort Collins, CO

“Mobility is Life, the mobi platform will help patients move again.”

Blas Villa
University Health System - San Antonio, TX

“I was at NTI in Boston (2013) and, during the exhibit portion, I wandered across the LIVENGOOD booth. At that moment, I knew our hospital needed this mobi for our open heart recovery program. I worked with a Clinical Nurse Specialist to write a grant for this product. I am so excited to bring the mobi to our program.”

Celina Adams
John C. Lincoln - Phoenix, AZ

“We walked a vented patient with the mobi and it was awesome! This helped her physically and emotionally.”

Natalie Hariel
Tulane Medical Center - New Orleans, LA

“I am a nurse in a cardiovascular ICU… Our goal for patients is to ambulate to the chair 2 hours after extubation, often the evening of surgery day. Our patients are up and walking with central venous catheters, swan ganz catheters, chest tubes, foley catheters, and with IV medications infusing. The ambulation of these patients would not be possible without the mobi walker. Every bit of equipment that these patients need can be carried on the walker while providing the stability of a standard walker… It is an essential piece of equipment for us and we couldn’t provide the care and therapies we do without it.”

Katherine Whitfield
Athens Regional Medical Center - Athens, GA

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