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  • New Program on Early Mobilization of ICU Patients Seeks Participants

    Physical therapists have long been aware of the importance of early mobilization and rehabilitation for patients in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU). Now a new program is recruiting hospitals to participate in a project to spread that understanding by facilitating practices that can more quickly liberate patients from mechanical ventilation and move them out of the ICU.

    The Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP) for Mechanically Ventilated Patients (MVP) and Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) is seeking so-called "coordinating entities" interested in participating in a 2-year program to prevent ventilator-associated events including VAP. A free 90-minute informational webinar on the program will be held on Monday, September 29, at 1:00 pm ET.

    The program focuses on improvement in staff teamwork and communication, analysis of daily process measures, efforts to mobilize patients earlier, and employment of low tidal volume ventilation strategies. Project content will be delivered through webinars, e-mail, and as online resources, and all materials are available on the CUSP 4MVP VAP project website.

    The initiative is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and is being delivered in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. APTA and its Acute Care Section provided consultation on the development of this program.

    For more information, contact the project helpdesk at cusp4mvp@jhmi.edu.

    Comments

    • I was unable to attend the 90 minute informational webinar. What is the deadline for joining this program. Also, will there be any additional information webinars? We started our ICU progress to mobility program approx 6 mos ago at a Barnes Jewish Christian (BJC) institution in St. Louis, and wanted to see if this is something that our facility would wanted(or was able) to purse. Thank you!

      Posted by Deanna Fridley on 9/29/2014 2:11 PM

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