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Authors

  1. Parchem, Katie PT, DPT
  2. Peck, Amanda MS, OTRL
  3. Tales, Katherine PT, DPT

Abstract

Research has shown that patients who are mechanically ventilated or immobile for greater than 7 days are at increased risk for deconditioning and muscle atrophy. Immobility impacts length of stay as well as patients' ability to return to their prior level of function. As part of the safe patient-handling initiative created at Michigan Medicine, a special team of nurses and therapists was assembled to adapt an adult mobility framework for the pediatric population. The pediatric mobility model determines each patient's specific mobility "phase" based on detailed criteria. Clinical staff can then implement strategies aimed at preventing deconditioning and hospital-acquired weakness. At C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, a multidisciplinary team is available to support this pediatric mobility model. Specific equipment utilized during the different phases of mobility has been reviewed and discussed in this article.