In the study, patients were screened with cognitive assessments prior to undergoing a total joint arthroplasty, or replacement.
The findings suggested that people with poor assessment scores were less likely to to complete rehabilitation programs successfully and often require admission into the intensive care unit (ICU).
He went on to say: “These patients required more hospital resources and progressed more slowly with physical therapy after surgery. Therefore, it is critical that strategies are developed to screen these patients and protocols are put in place to allocate more support to them before and after surgery.”
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.