Early mobility in critical care patients improve’s their functional mobility capacity, their physical functioning self-perception and their quadriceps muscle strength at discharge.
We know that early access to rehabilitation for people in critical care improves their liklihood of returning back to doing the things they love after leaving hospital. By providing early mobility to patients, even when on ventilation, we know that we dramatically improve thier recovery trajectory.
Even though there is a growing evidence base in the literature to support the safety and effectiveness of early mobilisation there is a divide between clinicians who use early mobilisation. This is because of barriers such as limited information about safe staffing levels, creating a culture which supports its use, low confidence levels of planning ealry mobilisation as well as access to equipment and resource.
Chukwuebuka Okeke is a clinical academic who works in the critical care setting. In two new courses on Physioplus, he takes you through the current evidence base around early mobility for critically ill patients and then how to implement an early mobility treatment plan for patients.