Anita Witt Mitchell, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Tamara Calhoun, OTD, OTR/L
The purpose of this critically appraised topic (CAT) is to investigate early mobilization and its effect on preventing pneumonia in adults in the intensive care unit (ICU). The final portfolio contains four research articles from both national and international journals. Study designs included two meta-analyses, one case series, and one retrospective study. All four of the articles specifically described the effects of early mobilization on individuals in the hospital and ICU and showed positive results in reducing the likelihood of developing pneumonia. This CAT will be used to draft new practice guidelines for mentoring new managers in both occupational therapy and physical therapy.
Barton, Elizabeth G.; Elion, Tedrin N.; Harbor, Caleb J.; Keathley, Alexandria M.; Payne, Madison R.; and Warrington, Hailey N. , "Preventing Pneumonia Through Early Mobilization of Critically Ill Adults" (2021). Master of Occupational Therapy Student Critically Appraised Topics. Paper 11. http://dx.doi.org/10.21007/chp.mot2.2021.0009.