Prolonged immobility in ICU patients can lead to muscle wasting and weakness, longer hospital stays, increased number of days in restraints and hospital acquired infections. Increasing evidence demonstrates the safety and feasibility of early mobilization in the ICU. However, there is a lack of evidence in the safety and feasibility of mobilizing patients with external ventricular drains (EVD). The purpose of this study was to determine the safety and feasibility of early mobility in this patient population.
Shah, MD, MBA, Syed Omar; Kraft, MD, Jacqueline V.; Ankam, MD, Nethra S.; Bu, Paula; Stout, Kristen; Melnyk, Sara; Rincon, MD, MSC, Fred; and Athar, MD, M. Kamran
"Early Ambulation in Patients with External Ventrical Drains: Results of a Quality Improvement Project,"
JHN Journal: Vol. 12
, Article 3.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/jhnj/vol12/iss1/3