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Equipment used for safe mobilization of the ICU patient.
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PMID:  23221446     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Mobilizing critically ill patients in the intensive care unit requires careful planning and attention to detail. The risks involved in mobilizing these patients include dislodging equipment, injury to the patient, injury to the caregivers, and physiologic decompensation of the patient. To carry out the activity safely, the therapist and the nurse must identify risks and have contingency plans in place for; physically supporting the patient should they become unstable during the activity, for returning the patient to bed quickly if needed; and for providing increased oxygen/ventilator support if needed. If the activity involves leaving the bedside area, there must be a method to transport monitors, oxygen, and intravenous pumps. There are simple pieces of equipment, already available in the intensive care unit, which can be used to accomplish the mobility goals safely in all patient populations. This article explores how standard hospital equipment can be used to improve patient activity and performance and minimize risk.
Annamarie Asher
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Critical care nursing quarterly     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1550-5111     ISO Abbreviation:  Crit Care Nurs Q     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8704517     Medline TA:  Crit Care Nurs Q     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  101-8     Citation Subset:  N    
Physical Therapy Division, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor.
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