Title of Poster or Paper
Dr. Susan Goncalves
College and Major available
4-24-2019 2:00 PM
4-24-2019 5:00 PM
Early Mobilization After Surgery
Early mobilization after surgery prevents surgical complications, reduces length of stay and promotes quality patient outcomes and optimal health. The purpose of this project is to provide education in the form of an educational pamphlet to the patients on the Surgical Unit of Yale New Haven Health Greenwich Hospital regarding the benefits of early mobilization. Early mobilization does not only mean ambulation, but moving the entire body and increasing blood flow throughout the body. Early mobilization includes getting the patient out of bed early, the use of the incentive spirometer, the use of sequential compression devices, and prompt ambulation following surgery. Each of these methods together prevent surgical complications such as pneumonia, atelectasis, and blood clots while helping to manage pain and promote enhanced recovery. Promotion of early mobilization in surgical patients is essential in order to promote optimal healing and overall health, as well as prevent postoperative complications.
The Nursing profession acts as the catalyst to improve the quality of patient care to promote early mobilization thus changing the standard of care delivered post-operatively.Early mobilization education provides patients with knowledge that will empower them to perform these methods to promote health and healing after surgery.