Early mobility in the ICU

Evidence Based Practice Evidence Update: Quicker Recovery with Early Movement July 13, 2015 by Elena Noble, MPT
A recent study at Cleveland Clinic, a leading rehabilitation provider, found that patients participating in early mobility routines after neurological injury recovered quicker and went home earlier than those receiving standard care. NPR recently ran an excellent segment on this study providing good detail and anecdotes from the researchers illustrating how early mobilization is improving the...
Evidence Based Practice Evidence Update: Safe Patient Handling June 03, 2014 by Elena Noble, MPT
As therapists working in acute care and rehab well know, safe patient handling (SPH) is becoming a widely accepted discipline. Advocating the use of lifts and additional equipment for patient transfers and gait training routines, the safe patient handling movement seeks to eliminate all unnecessary manual handling of patients. This is because statistics have clearly shown that work-related musculoskeletal...
PT/OT Rifton’s TRAM Competency Checklists May 27, 2014 by Clare Stober
Safe Patient Handling and Movement (SPHM) is becoming a byword for safety in nursing and rehab. Healthcare organizations are increasingly recognizing the crucial importance of developing and implementing programs that maintain the well-being of both caregivers and clients. This is because nurses and therapists are repeatedly involved in assisting patients in transfers or ambulation tasks that, because of...
PT/OT Safe Patient Handling and Movement: Early Mobility in the ICU August 13, 2013 by Lori Potts, PT
Early Mobility in the ICU and the Role of Therapists Early mobility in the intensive care unit is a hot topic for therapists working in acute care. Recently, with help from the ICU nursing staff, therapists have been assisting patients out of bed and in exercise and mobility routines earlier during their recovery than previously thought possible. Why? Because a growing body of evidence is pointing to the...
Evidence Based Practice Evidence Update: Early Mobility in the ICU March 26, 2013 by Elena Noble, MPT
Since introducing our Pacer XL gait trainer and, more recently, our Rifton TRAM, we have been introduced to a growing body of clinicians who are active in early mobility, a practice that is becoming increasingly accepted and implemented in ICUs across the country. There is growing evidence showing that the provision of early ambulation support to critically ill and injured patients results in more...
PT/OT In the Interest of Early Mobility August 07, 2012 by Elena Noble, MPT
With the introduction of the Rifton TRAM and Pacer XL to the world of adults with disabilities, we have received a number of inquiries concerning the value of these products in the ICU and critical care settings. I don’t have all the answers, but here’s what I’ve found: Early ICU mobility is working its way into the research spotlight and being closely examined as a means to combat the...