Early Patient Mobility Case Study

Mobilizing Patients on a Vent Case Study: Mrs. Anderson

Mobilizing Patients on a Vent Case Study: Mrs. Anderson

Mrs. “A” was born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), and for 52 years she had remained active despite all the deterrents associated with her illness. She underwent a lung transplant in 2007 and was doing quite well until her transplant began to falter in March of 2014.

As a result, she was admitted to the ICU at UHS hospital in San Antonio. She was intubated and spent the next 2.5 weeks in bed. The hospital staff was not in the practice of ambulating intubated patients. Obviously, this physical setback also took a toll on Mrs. A’s emotional well-being. During this period she also underwent a tracheostomy in order for her to ventilate with a trach. Fortunately, UHS had been researching early mobility and decided to trial the LIVENGOOD mobi as a solution for both consolidating equipment and for making mobility possible in the ICU.

The LIVENGOOD Clinical Specialists arrived at UHS and worked together with the staff to elect a ventilated patient to begin ambulating with the mobi. This would be a first! They all agreed that Mrs. A was a great candidate. It was consensus that getting her out of bed would be good for her, both physically and mentally.

They explained to her that she was about to make history. She would be the first patient at UHS San Antonio to ambulate on the vent and also the first patient in Texas to use the LIVENGOOD mobi. Mrs. A was unable to speak so she used her cell phone to type notes to the staff. She typed, “Why me?” on her phone and smiled from ear to ear! She was thrilled at the prospect of getting out of bed and being mobile. After the staff transferred her equipment to the mobi, she eagerly got up to walk…and it wasn’t just a few steps – she actually walked out of her ICU room and continued 60 feet down the corridor. She was ecstatic and naturally the staff celebrated with her as it was a success for all! The next morning she was smiling and sitting up in a chair. She typed, “That was the best sleep I’ve had since I got here!”

She quickly progressed by walking 80 feet the next day and 120 feet on the third day. She was able to leave the hospital on the fourth day to begin the next phase of her rehab at a local LTAC.

*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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