In this National Public Radio (NPR) feature story, Kate Klein and Edward Manno, who are part of the Neurointensive Care Unit at Cleveland Clinic, discuss the benefits of early mobilization in patients with neurological injuries. Over the course of a year, Klein tracked 600 patients with brain injury, getting more than half of them up and out of bed as early as the first day they were admitted to the ICU. Patients who progressed in their rehabilitation early spent less time in the ICU and hospital, had decreased rates of pressure ulcers and infections, spent 51% less time on ventilator therapy, and reduced overall hospital costs by 30%.
Listen to or read about the story here.
Additional information regarding Kate Klein's study is available here on the Clinical Resource Center.
This story originally aired July 6, 2015.