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Known Benefits to Early Patient Mobility

Neurological Benefits to Patient Mobility, Patient Ambulation, ICU, neuropsychiatric problems

April 19, 2021

Neurological Benefits with Patient Ambulation

There are many known neurological benefits of early patient mobility. The fact that immobility causes muscle stiffness and weakness is familiar to anyone who sits in a chair for too long, but can immobility actually cause permanent nerve damage? Recent studies reveal that immobility during hospital stays can cause damage to the peripheral nervous system, increase the likelihood and severity of delirium, and slow recovery for patients with neurological problems. To resolve this, neurological intensive care units have been developing specialized early mobility protocols that make it safe to mobilize patients with severe conditions like stroke, aneurysm, and severe acquired brain injury.

Key Facts:

  • Patients who experience in-hospital immobilization are at high risk for intensive care unit-acquired weakness (ICUAW), which contributes to long-term disability, including permanent damage to the peripheral nervous system. (Kramer 2017)
  • Patients who have experienced treatment for critical illness often acquire secondary, long-term neuropsychiatric problems like delirium. Exercise is associated with increased cerebral blood flow, normal nerve repair, and nerve health, and early mobilization may reduce delirium and improve neuropsychiatric outcomes. (Hopkins 2012)
  • Specialized early mobility activities have been developed specifically for patients admitted to the neurological intensive care unit (NICU) to maximize safety and minimize complications from immobility, even for patients with complications like an external ventricular drain. (Yataco 2019, Shah 2018, Olkowski 2017, Moyer 2017)
  • Movement is so important to nerve health that new nursing guidelines call for patients undergoing spinal surgery to be mobilized on the day of surgery, within six hours of arrival at the medical-surgical unit. (Rupich 2018)
  • Early mobilization assists in the clinical and functional recovery of patients who have severe acquired brain injuries. (Bartolo 2017)

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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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