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When Bed Rest Causes Harm: Early Mobilization for the Mechanically Ventilated Patient

Course: #1243Level: Intermediate 1 Hour 229 Reviews

This course describes how early mobilization counteracts the negative impacts of prolonged bed rest on ventilator patients. Components of successful early mobilization programs are described, including potential barriers to implementation, specific benefits to the patient and hospital outcomes.

Course created on April 15, 2021

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Course Type: Video, Text

CEUs/Hours Offered: AARC - CRCE/1.0; CE Broker/1.0 Direct Delivery Of Respiratory Care Services, CE Broker #20-853810; IACET/0.1

Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to identify the harmful, multisystem effects of prolonged bed rest in the mechanically ventilated patient.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe the potential benefits resulting from the early mobilization of the mechanically ventilated patient.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to recognize the contraindications and barriers to early mobility in mechanically the ventilated patient.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to explain the key components of an early mobilization program.


0-5 Minutes Introduction
5-10 Minutes Rehabilitation as a philosophy of care, Historical background of the ICU and mobility
10-25 Minutes Adverse effects of bed rest
25-35 Minutes Impact of technology, Chronic critical illness syndrome (CCIS), Levine's 4 Conservation principles
35-40 Minutes Early intervention strategies and contraindications
40-50 Minutes Barriers and Benefits in literature reviews
50-55 Minutes Requirements of early mobility programs
55-60 Minutes Summary


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Presenter Disclosure: Financial: Nancy Nathenson is a Health Educator and Consultant. She also received an honorarium for presenting this course. Non-financial: She is a COPD & Asthma and Community Expert, and volunteer community educator for the Allergy & Asthma Network.

Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by Continued Respiratory Therapy.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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American Association for Respiratory Care

American Association for Respiratory Care

This non-traditional program has been approved for a maximum of 1 contact hour(s) Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100 Irving TX 75063. Course # 185347000

CE Broker

CE Broker

Continued Respiratory Therapy is an approved provider for CE Broker, provider #50-30700. This course is offered for 1.0 hours. If you are a licensed respiratory therapist in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi or South Carolina, CE Broker may be of interest to you. For Florida respiratory therapists, this course is registered in the Direct Delivery of Respiratory Care Services category.

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

Continued, LLC, is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Continued complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, Continued is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. Continued, LLC, is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEUs for this program.

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