The Benefits of Early Mobilization
Critical Care & ICU
Improving Patient Outcomes
There are many benefits of early mobilization that the RT300 Supine Leg | Arm | Core provides for adults and children who are acute and/or critically ill.
Research reports that the early mobilization of acute and/or critically ill patients can result in:
- Improved patient outcomes
- Reductions in ICU and overall hospital Length of Stay (LOS)
- Reductions in ICU Acquired Weakness (ICUAW) and delirium
Activity with the RT300 Supine Leg | Arm | Core is proven to be both safe and feasible. Supine activity can even be initiated while patients are sedated.
- “...The most common morbidity after critical illness is a muscle wasting and weakness syndrome related to nerve and muscle injury acquired during critical illness.” - Herridge, 2008
- “There is growing interest in the use of (assistive) technologies to enable patients to commence therapy early in an ICU admission.” - Parry, 2014
- In 2009 Schweickert reported on a RCT with 140 MV patients who received ADL and mobilization. Receiving rehab earlier (1.5 days vs 7.3 after intubation) resulted in 59% improved physical function and independence vs 35% at discharge. The intervention group had fewer days of delirium and mechanical ventilation. - Schweickert, 2009
- In 2010 Needham et al, reported on 57 MV patients participating in early rehab including cycle ergometry, noting a decreased LOS in ICU (2.1 days) and hospital (3.1 days). - Needham et al, 2010
- A financial model, based on actual experience and published data, projects that investment in an ICU early rehabilitation program can generate net financial savings for U.S. hospitals - Lord et al, 2013