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Is Staffing a Barrier to Early Mobility in the ICU?

ICU Early Mobility Protocol

Limited staff can be an early mobility barrier according to 45 percent of studies.1

A lack of clinician resources can represent a major barrier to early mobility programs.1 Certified nursing assistants can fill that gap by:

  • Helping with patient surveillance
  • Moving/lifting patients
  • Managing line and drain integrity during mobility sessions

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1. *As identified in survey. Dubb R, Nydahl P, Hermes C, et al. Barriers and strategies for early mobilization of patients in intensive care units. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2016;13(5):724 – 730.

TOPIC: Intensive Care Unit, Early Mobility

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Rebecca Mongeon is a Market Strategist for Value-Based Healthcare and the C-Suite at Medtronic. She develops strategies and solutions to help hospital executives navigate healthcare transformation from fee for service to fee for value.

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