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Move to Improve: Progressive Mobility in the Intensive Care Unit

Atkins, Jordan R. BSN, RN; Kautz, Donald D. PhD, RN, CRRN, CNE, ACNS-BC

doi: 10.1097/DCC.0000000000000063

Bed rest has detrimental consequences, and therefore in the ICU, progressive early mobility should be the goal for every patient expected to survive. This article examines the consequences of immobility, barriers experienced when attempting to increase patients’ mobility, and ways in which dedicated mobility teams can overcome these barriers.

Jordan R. Atkins, BSN, RN, is a staff nurse at High Point Regional–UNC Health Care.

Donald D. Kautz, PhD, RN, CRRN, CNE, ACNS-BC, is an associate professor of nursing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The authors did not receive funding for this work.

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

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Donald D. Kautz, PhD, RN, CRRN, CNE, ACNS-BC, UNC Greensboro, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402 (

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