Mechanically ventilated patients can be at risk for functional decline. Early mobilisation of mechanically ventilated patients can improve outcomes after critical illness to prevent this decline | Intensive & Critical Care Nursing
Aim: The aim of this study is to examine whether nurses’ attitudes and beliefs are barriers for early mobilisation and evaluate whether an education intervention can improve early mobilisation.
Results: Dependent Sample T-test revealed a statistically significant increase in post-test responses for the subscales knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours with early mobilisation. This over-all increase in post-test results support that understanding barriers can improve patient outcomes.
Conclusion: Use of structured surveys to identify barriers for early mobilisation among nursing can assist in providing targeted education that address nurse’s perception. The education intervention appeared to have a positive impact on attitudes but it is unknown if the difference was sustained over time or affected participants practice or patient outcomes.
Full reference: Johnson, K. et al. (2017) Identifying barriers to early mobilisation among mechanically ventilated patients in a trauma intensive care unit. Intensive & Critical Care Nursing. Published online: 22 July 2017