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Authors

  1. Owens, Tonie MSN, RN
  2. Tapley, Christopher MS, PT

Abstract

Due to improvements in biomedical sciences and clinical expertise, childhood mortality has decreased. Pediatric patients experience similar complications from inactivity as adults, such as hospital-acquired conditions and delirium. Interdisciplinary collaboration is imperative to improve functional and developmental outcomes of children who suffers from either a chronic illnesses or an acute illness that results in a prolonged hospitalization. Pediatric nursing assessments should include gross motor function related to mobility. Activities to mobilize pediatric patients should be based on age and developmental assessment. The purpose of this article is to describe the modification of an adult mobility assessment for the pediatric population.