When Patient Mobility team at the Richmond Medical Center consistently got patients out of bed and walking, not only did patients heal faster, their average length of stay dropped by a full day. That avoided huge costs for the small community hospital, and patients got to go home faster. “Mobility is a gift we give these patients,” says Christina Morgan, manager of the patient mobility unit.
What Got Results
- Starting with a truly small test of change: one shift on one day
- Creating a flow sheet to see how long it took for doctors’ orders on walking with patients to be met
- Standardizing a mobility protocol for all patients