Progressive mobility includes range-of-motion exercises, elevating the head of bed, dangling at the bedside and walking. Consistent and continual reassessment is key to helping ensure that the patient returns to their pre-hospitalization state. This can be accomplished passively, with the help of the healthcare provider or equipment, or actively, where the patient independently performs the exercises or movements on their own.
The benefits of early, progressive mobilization include improved overall patient strength and endurance, decreased length of hospital stay for the patient, decreased likelihood of delirium development and decreased hospital costs.
A nursing-driven mobility assessment tool will enable safe mobility practices. How? It helps the clinician understand the patient’s dependency level and what interventions to use based on those levels, ultimately preventing caregiver and patient injury.