In this retrospective investigation, a stepwise Progressive Mobility® Program was developed and followed in all mechanically ventilated patients admitted to a single subspecialty cancer hospital ICU. Prior studies have demonstrated improvements in LOS and ventilator days when an early mobility program was implemented, however, malignancy and short term life expectancy have been exclusions from the data. This study examines the safety and effectiveness of an early mobility program in the critically ill population of ventilated cancer patients. Patients in the intervention group showed a trend toward decreased ventilator days, as well as decreased hospital and ICU length of stay, with no difference in complications between pre and post groups related to the Progressive Mobility Protocol.
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