Implementing Early Mobilisation in the Intensive Care Unit. In: Haines KJ, McPeake J, Sevin CM, eds. Improving Critical Care Survivorship: A Guide to Prevention, Recovery, and Reintegration

Jenna Lang, Stefan Schaller, Carol L. Hodgson

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Early mobilisation is a promising intervention in the intensive care unit with the potential to improve short- and long-term outcomes for patients requiring support for a critical illness. However, early mobilisation is complex with significant variation in uptake and practice around the world. Multiple studies have attempted to address barriers and facilitators to early mobilisation, and a variety of strategies have emerged to support the implementation of this intervention into clinical practice. This chapter summarises the current evidence relating to the effects of early mobilisation in the intensive care unit. It also provides a summary of the factors impacting implementation and provides an overview of the approaches and resources available to support successful translation to clinical practice. Finally, consideration is given to the future of early mobilisation and how this intervention may be delivered and prescribed differently as further evidence and resources emerge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImproving Critical Care Survivorship
Subtitle of host publicationA Guide to Prevention, Recovery, and Reintegration
EditorsKimberley J. Haines , Joanne McPeake, Carla M. Sevin
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030686802
ISBN (Print)9783030686796
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • intensive care
  • critical illness
  • early mobilisation
  • rehabilitation
  • implementation
  • Intensive care unit-acquired weakness

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