Rehabilitation assists patients with return to baseline activities of daily living after catastrophic events or long hospitalizations. In an effort to increase mobility episodes in the rehabilitation patient, a nurse-led mobility program was suggested. This allows the rehabilitation nurse to participate in the improvement of mobility for rehabilitation patients by mobilizing the patients safely during hours in which physical therapy is not available. The purpose of this project was twofold: (1) Can additional mobility episodes improve outcomes in the rehabilitation patient? (2) How can safe patient handling principles be applied to the rehabilitation patient?
University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems, Ann Arbor.
Correspondence: Paula Anton, MS, RN, CRRN, ACNS-BC, University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr, SPC 5088, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We would like to acknowledge the entire nursing staff on the acute rehabilitation unit without whose unfailing participation and assistance this project would not have been possible. Also, we would like to thank the multidisciplinary team who supported the project, and the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility committee for their help, and Sharon Dickinson and Sarah Taylor for their patience and support in the preparation of this article.
The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.