A Step Forward for Intensive Care Unit Patients: Early Mobility Interventions and Associated Outcome Measures

Author(s): Christina Bach, BSN, RN, CCRN, Breanna Hetland, PhD, RN, CCRN-K

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 01, 2025

Topics: MultiSystem

Population: Adult

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NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

To the best of the authors' knowledge, no review has identified if individual early mobility (EM) studies measured outcomes in more than 1 health domain affected by post-intensive care syndrome (PICS). An understanding of the role of EM across multiple health domains is a critical step to developing more effective, tailored EM interventions to ultimately improve patient outcomes and the ICU survivorship experience. The aim of this integrative review is to explore findings in the literature about the role of EM interventions for ICU patients and to identify and synthesize EM interventions with physical, psychological, or cognitive outcome measures in adult patients in the ICU.


  • Identify three beneficial effects of early mobility.
  • Describe how outcomes of early mobility interventions are measured in the literature.
  • Identify 2 ways future early mobility intervention studies can evaluate outcomes.

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