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Guarding the gut: early mobility after abdominal surgery.
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PMID:  23221443     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The postoperative period following abdominal surgery presents many challenges to patients and clinicians as recovery progresses and discharge from the intensive care unit approaches. Physiologic changes including the release of inflammatory mediators, increased fatigue and reduction in body mass, and a decline in pulmonary function occurring after abdominal surgery are often potentiated by bed rest and immobility. Evidence-based interventions have the potential to prevent pulmonary complications, wound instability, drain displacement, and orthostatic hypotension. Promoting early mobility is one example of an evidence-based strategy to improve patient outcomes. By understanding the specific needs of the abdominal surgery population, the clinician can safely and effectively implement a mobility plan. The purpose of this article was to briefly review the inflammatory effects associated with bed rest, critical illness, and surgery; review the literature related to mobility in the abdominal surgery patient; describe the effects of immobility on postoperative outcomes; discuss the safety concerns and barriers to mobilization; discuss strategies to overcome barriers; and provide suggestions for application in practice.
Renee Havey; Emily Herriman; Denise Oʼbrien
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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:  63-72     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Internal Medicine (Ms Havey) and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (Ms Herriman), University of Michigan Health System; Department of Operating Rooms/PACU, University of Michigan Hospitals (Dr O'Brien); and School of Nursing, University of Michigan (Dr O'Brien), Ann Arbor.
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