A team from the Intensive Care Unit at Vancouver General Hospital has received a BC Quality Award for their work on the Up! Early Progressive Mobility Pathway initiative. Traditionally, the mobility of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients was considered unsafe due to a multitude of tubes, catheters, and monitoring devices. But current research has indicated that early mobilization provides many benefits to patients, including decreased length of stay, reduced number of days on a ventilator, and improved muscle strength and function. The Up! initiative promotes best practices around early mobilization of ICU patients, assessing their mobility needs in a safe and efficient manner throughout their stay.
The UP! team received $2,500 as part of their award. The team plans to put its $2,500 towards education, equipment and resources to continue early mobilization of ICU patients not just in VGH, but also across Vancouver Coastal Health.
The photo features the Up! Early Progressive Mobility Pathway team. From left to right: Jocelyn Ross PT, Suzie Bergin RN, Sandi Li RN, Hakim Yeung PT, Vinay Dhingra MD, David Sweet MD, Allana LeBlanc RN, Sharmin Gani Data Analyst, Vikrum Roycombough PT, Not pictured: Tammy Wu RN, Steven Sells RN, Allison Stewart RN, Nels Steiner RT, Thomas McTavish RN, Meredith Benningfield RN, Robert Bowlby RN, Patricia Sproul RN, Gloria Terpstra RN, Laura Howard RN, Nachi Alcuaz RN, Norland Frugalidad RN.