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Starting an ICU Early Mobility Program
Starting an ICU Early Mobility Program
October 14, 2014
Are you looking to start an ICU early mobility program? If so, there are many factors that you’ll need to consider. One thing you need to think about is the current culture in your ICU. Is the culture to sedate all ICU patients, for patients to stay in bed? Is the staff ready for and supportive of a change? How well do the different departments work together? Are P.T.’s and O.T’s actively involved in the treatment of your ICU patients?
The next thing that I would advise would be to create a multi-disciplinary early mobility team, decide on a time frame, a start date, and start planning. You’ll need to create protocols, exclusion criteria and, add an early mobility line item to your pre-printed order sets.
It is important to have super-users or champions from each department who can then start training their coworkers and prepare them for your start date.
It is helpful to agree on the way that you will define mobility. I recommend using a system of 5 mobility stages. Stage1- bed in chair position, Stage 2- sitting edge of bed/dangling, Stage 3- Sitting in a chair, Stage 4- Standing/marching at bedside, Stage 5- Ambulation >10′. When documenting or discussing mobility in rounds, be sure that all team members are using the same grading system and language.
There are many resources out there and the evidence is strong in support of early mobility. The mobility will lead to better outcomes, improved cognitive status and improved patient satisfaction. Take the first step and get those patients moving!!
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.”
“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.”
“We are so excited that the mobi helped us ambulate our very first vented patient.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Mobility is Life, the mobi platform will help patients move again.”
“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.”
“We walked a vented patient with the mobi and it was awesome! This helped her physically and emotionally.”
“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.”
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