Early Patient Mobility Case Study

Empowering Patients to Walk in LTACHs Case Study: Dick Raffelson

Empowering Patients to Walk in LTACHs Case Study: Dick Raffelson

“I think the mobi made me more independent. It gave my nurses a break as I can do so much more for myself. So far, I just LOVE it. Thank you!” – Dick Raffelson


Dick Raffelson was feeling weak and discouraged after surviving a grueling 26 hour surgery. His left kidney and numerous cancerous tumors had been removed, along with a radical neck dissection and reconstruction. Once stabilized, he was moved from the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver to the Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital in Johnstown, Colorado.

The cancer had made it impossible for him to swallow so he now relies on liquid tube feeding for nutrition. Along with the feeding tube, Dick was connected to oxygen, a Wound Vac and a pulse oxymeter. His equipment was on either side of his bed and he required three caregivers and extra time to ambulate.

Since his equipment was the only thing keeping him from mobilizing, he was selected to participate in the LTACH’s clinical trial of the LIVENGOOD mobi. Dick immediately was able to stand up and walk with the assistance of one caregiver, rather than three. By the third day he was independent and would walk the halls waving to all of his caregivers. On Monday he told the nurse that he was able to get up three times and walk by himself over the weekend. There was no therapy on Saturdays and Sundays so weekends had been a sedentary time for Dick.

When the three day trial was completed the administrators decided to rent the mobi for the remainder of Dick’s stay because he loved it so much. They saw what a tremendous impact it had on Dick’s recovery – both emotionally and physically. They immediately began budgeting to purchase mobis that will help many future patients have the same sense of empowerment for years to come.

*Case Study and photographic images used with patient permission

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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