Current fall prevention efforts reflect a troubling underlying assumption that keeping patients from moving can stop such falls.
National Center for Biotechnology Information
More than one-third of in-hospital falls result in injury, including serious injuries such as fractures and head trauma.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Mobility is essential for patients in the hospital setting. It helps to prevent complications and allows patients to participate in their own care. Hospital staff should encourage and facilitate patient mobility.
There are many benefits of patient mobility, including:
Decreased risk of pressure ulcers
Enhanced respiratory function
Improved mental status and well-being
Hospital staff can support patient mobility by:
Providing appropriate equipment (e.g., walkers, canes)
Ensuring the environment is safe and free of obstacles
Encouraging patients to take breaks throughout the day to move around
Understanding patient mobility and its progression and decline allows clinicians to better understand the patients overall path to recovery.