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Inpatient Ambulation: Use of an Ambulation Platform Apparatus

Henecke, Lorrie MS, APRN, ACNS-BC, CNRN; Hessler, Karen L. PhD, FNP-C; LaLonde, Trent PhD

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: June 2015 - Volume 45 - Issue 6 - p 339–344
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000209

Ambulation has proven to be an important part of recovery for medical-surgical patients. This study provides original research on the use of a platform apparatus for ambulation of patients on a medical-surgical unit. Outcomes included number of ambulation attempts, distance of ambulation, length of hospital stay, number of staff necessary to ambulate, and discharge destination. Compared with a control group, patients who had access to the ambulation platform apparatus had a shorter length of stay with fewer nurses and other staff needed to ambulate. Staff rated ambulation with the apparatus as easier than without and noted that patients were more willing to ambulate on their own with the ambulation platform apparatus.

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Author Affiliations: Clinical Nurse Specialist (Ms Henecke), University of Colorado Health, Medical Center of the Rockies, Loveland; and Associate Professor, School of Nursing (Dr Hessler), and Assistant Professor, Statistics and Research Methods (Dr LaLonde), University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.

Platforms for the study were provided by the Livengoode Corporation, Fort Collins, Colorado.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Ms Henecke, Medical Center of the Rockies, University of Colorado Health, 2500 Rocky Mountain Ave, Loveland, CO 80538 (

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