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Early Mobility

Early Mobility

Getting your critically-ill patients moving early in their recovery can significantly reduce complications and the costs resulting from longer hospital stays.1-3

The Hill-Rom® Progressive Mobility® Program draws on the latest research, deep clinical expertise and strong collaboration with nationally recognized clinical experts. With it, you have the tools on hand to improve clinical outcomes for your critically-ill patients and financial results for your organization.

Featured Items

  • An Environmental Scan for Early Mobilization Practices in U.S. ICUs
    Bakhru RN, et al. | Critical Care Medicine | 2015

    This article discusses the findings of a survey concerning early mobilization practices and infrastructure in ICUs within the United States. The authors found that only 30% of US ICUs have a written early mobilization protocol. The authors also found that common barriers to mobilization include safety concerns, staffing levels, and competing priorities. They conclude that written early mobility protocols are uncommon, infrastructure is limited, and regional differences exist.

  • Early Mobilization: Update and Physician Perspective (Video)
    Schweickert W | 2014

    In this 30 min video, Dr. William Schweickert of University of Pennsylvania, details the importance of early mobility in critically ill patients and how to bridge the implementation gap.  He also summarizes findings from his recent work on the recent publication: A Survey Of International Practices And Infrastructure To Support Early Mobilization which showed that <30% of global ICU’s have a written early mobility protocol and known barriers can be overcome.  He concludes with a proposed framework for early mobilization and practical advice to get started.

  • The Economic Impact of Improved Clinical Outcomes with Increased Mobility in the NeuroIntensive Care Unit
    Hester JM, et al. | 2015

    Early mobility in a neurocritical ICU has shown positive clinical outcomes.  This study examines the sustainability and financial outcomes associated with an early mobility program.  The authors from UF Health-Shands Hospital, were able to maintain improvements in ICU and hospital length of stay (LOS), which yielded a 13% reduction in cost of patient care.  The authors have estimated a combined savings of $12.4 million dollars over a two year time period.  They conclude that early mobility programs are able to be implemented and sustained with positive  clinical and financial outcomes.

  • Role of Bed Design and Head-of-Bed Articulation on Patient Migration
    Davis K, et al. | Journal of Nursing Care Quality | 2015

    Repositioning patients in bed puts both patients and caregivers at risk.  Patients experience shear and friction which are risk factors for pressure ulcers, while caregivers who are repositioning patients are at risk for lower back injuries.  This study examined the influence of hospital bed design on patient migration. In 480 trials, Bed A (Hill-Rom® Progressa® bed system) showed 85-86% (p< 0.001) less patient migration at the peak of articulation and up to 34% less torso compression compared to current alternatives.  Three in four subjects preferred the Hill-Rom® Progressa® bed system. The author concludes that optimal bed design should reduce patient migration which may lead to clinically significant reductions in health risks to patients and caregivers.

  • Progressive Mobility® Program

    The evidence is in, and early mobility can help you improve your patients health as well as your hospital's bottom line. Learn how our expert clinicians can help you get your patients moving today.