Increasing mobility in patients has significant long and short term benefits including greater well-being for patients and staff as well as reduced cost of treatment.
There are three prerequisites that must be in place to stimulate patient mobility, according to the Positive 8 philosophy:
- Sufficient space to allow for use of proper aids and correct working techniques
- The provision of the proper aids to support the functional mobility of the patient
- The application of nursing best practice through correct ergonomic working techniques
When these three key factors are in place you have created an environment where it is possible to mobilise the patient in an optimal manner.
The Positive 8 philosophy visualises the potential positive effects for both the caregiver and patient/resident arising from investment in improving patient handling.
Learn more about the impact of increased patient mobility in acute care and long term care below.