This prospective cohort study evaluated the impact of implementing a mobility protocol on the proportion of ICU patients receiving physical therapy vs. usual care. Eighty percent of protocol patients received at least one physical therapy session compared to usual care (47%). Protocol patients were out of bed 6 days earlier than SICU patients. ICU stay was improved by 1.4 days (P=0.025), and hospital length of stay was improved by 3.3 days (P=0.006) in protocol patients.
Care Settings: Acute Care
Clinical Focus: Early Mobility
Content Type: Journal Articles
Reference: Morris PE, Goad A, Thompson C, Taylor K, et al. Early Intensive Care Unit Mobility Therapy in the Treatment of Acute Respiratory Failure. Critical Care Medicine. 2008; 36:2238-2243.