School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Early Mobility, Intensive Care Unit, Physical Activity, Exercise, Protocol, Algorithm
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Huffman, Rachel, "Up and Moving: An Integrative Review Evaluating Early Mobility in the Intensive Care Unit" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3242.
Existing literature has highlighted the benefits of early mobility of patients in intensive care units. This integrative review (IR) sought to determine the best methods of early mobility intervention implementation. The search process utilized databases relevant to the selected topic, and the flow of information abstracted from the search process was placed into a PRISMA flow diagram. Additionally, review software was used to manage the collected data, ensuring that the search was documented with precision. To appraise the literature, a matrix was developed. The literature revealed that early mobility programs, protocols, and algorithms were guiding themes noted throughout this IR, accompanied by interventions such as staff education, a multidisciplinary approach, and a formal communication process. Knowledge gained in answering the review question includes implications for hospital-based policy initiatives and subsequently, clinical practice.