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Pediatric Mobility: The Development of Standard Assessments and Interventions for Pediatric Patients for Safe Patient Handling and Mobility

Owens, Tonie, MSN, RN; Tapley, Christopher, MS, PT

doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000210
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Due to improvements in biomedical sciences and clinical expertise, childhood mortality has decreased. Pediatric patients experience similar complications from inactivity as adults, such as hospital-acquired conditions and delirium. Interdisciplinary collaboration is imperative to improve functional and developmental outcomes of children who suffers from either a chronic illnesses or an acute illness that results in a prolonged hospitalization. Pediatric nursing assessments should include gross motor function related to mobility. Activities to mobilize pediatric patients should be based on age and developmental assessment. The purpose of this article is to describe the modification of an adult mobility assessment for the pediatric population.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor (Ms Owens); and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, C. S. Mott Children's and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospitals, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor (Mr Tapley).

Correspondence: Tonie Owens, MSN, RN, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Michigan Medicine, 1500 East Medical Center Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (

The authors acknowledge the team of specialists that have helped contribute to this mobility program including Kynthia Marinkovich, OTRL, Kate Tales, DPT, Brenda Shaw, BSN, RRN, Annette Scott, MSN, RN, Karrie Martis, BSN, RN, Andrea DeMonbrun, RN, NP, Danielle VanDamme, RN, NP, Amanda Peck, OTRL, Alice Morrison, OTRL, Katie Parchem, DPT, Jennifer Kelly, MSN, RN, and Cathy Lewis, MSN, RN.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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