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Early Patient Mobility Blog

Mobility and Muscle Rentention

mobility and muscle retention woman and nurse with a mobilite

March 12, 2021

Choosing Your ICU Wisely

Mobility is a key factor which advances healing during any hospitalization. In fact, the lack of mobility creates many problems that have for far too long been ignored by medical facilities. It is important to choose your ICU wisely and to ask if they have implemented, or are moving to implement, early mobility protocols as a standard practice. Have the conversation, your health and the health of your loved ones depend upon it.

Patient Ambulation is the Key to Healing and Muscle Retention

Key Facts:

  • Trauma patients who are immobilized in bed for more than 72 hours are very likely to develop musculoskeletal complications. (Saunders 2015)
  • Healthy people who stay in bed for more than 24 hours lose 1%-1.5% of their quadriceps muscle strength every day. (Drummond 2013)
  • Inflammation exaggerates the effects of immobility and causes even greater muscle loss in patients whose immune systems are under stress. (Saunders 2015)
  • In older patients, immobility may also increase inflammation caused by traumatic injury. (Drummond 2013)
  • Muscles that help hold the body upright (skeletal muscles) are the first to be damaged by bed rest; this is worrying because skeletal muscle strength helps prevent falls. (Drummond 2013, Mirzoev 2018)
  • Muscle atrophy can also impact metabolism, decreasing the body’s ability to process proteins which are necessary to maintain healthy muscle and make new muscle tissue. (Drummond 2012)
  • Human bones constantly regenerate, but without regular stress (movement and exercise) bones tend to degrade, especially in older patients. (Ferrando 2006)

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What Customers Say

Testimonials

“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
R.N.
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
P.T.
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
DPT
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
P.T.
Poudre Valley Hospital -Fort Collins, CO

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

Blas Villa
CCRN
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
RN, MSN, CCRN (CVICU)
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
R.N.
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
RN CCRN
Athens Regional Medical Center - Athens, GA

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