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The Effect of Increased Mobility on Morbidity in the Neurointensive Care Unit

Titsworth WL, et al. | Journal of Neurosurgery | 2012

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This article describes a study investigating the effectiveness of increased mobility among neurointensive care unit patients. In this study, a mobility bundle toolkit was utilized, including the Progressive Upright Mobility Protocol (PUMP) algorithm. The authors purchased additional mobility aides and interdisciplinary education was initiated. This resulted in increased mobility in neurointensive care unit patients by 300%, reduced LOS in the neurointensive care unit by 13%, significantly decreased hospital LOS (12.0 days to 8.6 days), decreased hospital-acquired infections by 60%, and significantly decreased ventilator-associated pneumonia from a rate of 2.14 per 1000 days to 0. Increased mobility did not lead to increases in adverse events.

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Care Settings: Acute Care

Clinical Focus: Early Mobility

Content Type: Journal Articles

Related Products: Progressa® Bed System

Reference: Titsworth WL, Hester J, Correia T, Reed R, et al. The Effect of Increased Mobility on Morbidity in the Neurointensive Care Unit. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2012; 116:1379-1388.