ICU Mobility Program Saves $500K in 6 Months

A program to get mechanically ventilated and post-operative ICU patients up and moving quickly represented a huge culture change for nurses, but it reduced length of stay and eliminated pressure ulcers and ventilator-associated pneumonia.

4 comments on "ICU Mobility Program Saves $500K in 6 Months"
Paula Pless (5/6/2014 at 1:45 PM)

The article does not indicate how the patients were mobilized. In order to make it easier, safer and more efficient SPH equipment needed to be used. What equipment facilitated the early movement of dependent patients? As well as how were patients mobilized while they were improving their functional mobility status? It is critical that we recognize the need for patient lift equipment to mobilize patients who would otherwise in the "old days" be manually lifted. The reason why many patients are not mobilized early on is due to the physicality of manually lifting and the lack of SPH equipment. Quality and length of stay gain a positive impact from SPH programs. I am assuming that this facility has ceiling lifts, Booms and other SPH equipment. I wish the article would have detailed those important details. Could someone respond and indicate the SPH piece of this success story. Paula Pless Director SPH Kaleida Health Western NY
Patti Williams, RN (3/24/2014 at 1:37 PM)

Kudos to the Nurses at Duke Raleigh Hospital!!
Stefani Daniels (3/18/2014 at 6:27 PM)

I don't know if I should be happy or a critical care nurse in the 1970s, getting patients out of bed - especially the fresh CABG patients, was an expectation not an event.
Danny Long (3/18/2014 at 3:51 PM)

Easy to see with Victor Dzau leaving things are getting better for patients already. Thank the lord he is leaving, but his new job is the mother of all conflicts of interest. Victor Dzau is the poster child for corporate profits, and corporate medicine. Exactly what is causing medicine to be the number three cause of death in America.


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