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Preventing Secondary Complications in Trauma Patients With Implementation of a Multidisciplinary Mobilization Team

Saunders, Cynthia Ball MS, RN-BC, AG-ACNP-BC, ACCNS-AG-BC, CEN, PCCN

doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000127

Management of the trauma patient is complex. Immobility or bed rest has detrimental effects on multiple body systems. Early mobilization, especially in the multi-injured patient, can be challenging requiring a multidisciplinary team effort. Health care team members' and patient's understanding and perceptions of bed rest greatly influence successful early mobilization. Integrating a multidisciplinary mobility program in the acute care setting can decrease secondary complications and hospital length of stay ultimately improving patient outcomes. Using the strategy for translating research into evidence based practice by incorporating the 4 “Es” of Engage, Educate, Execute, and Evaluate will assist in creating a culture of mobility.

Department of Trauma Services, John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas; University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Nursing; AG-ACNP/CNS; Society of Trauma Nursing; Emergency Nurses Association; Society of Critical Care Medicine; and American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Correspondence: Cynthia Ball Saunders, MS, RN-BC, AG-ACNP-BC, ACCNS-AG-BC, CEN, PCCN, Department of Trauma Services, John Peter Smith Hospital, 1500 S Main, Fort Worth, TX 76104 (

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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