The development of a clinical management algorithm for early physical activity and mobilization of critically ill patients : synthesis of evidence and expert opinion and its translation into practice

Hanekom, Susan ; Gosselink, Rik ; Dean, Elizabeth ; Van Aswegen, Helena ; Roos, Ronel ; Ambrosino, Nicolino ; Louw, Quinette (2011-04)

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Objective: To facilitate knowledge synthesis and implementation of evidence supporting early physical activity and mobilization of adult patients in the intensive care unit and its translation into practice, we developed an evidence-based clinical management algorithm. Methods: Twenty-eight draft algorithm statements extracted from the extant literature by the primary research team were verified and rated by scientist clinicians (n¼7) in an electronic three round Delphi process. Algorithm statements which reached a priori defined consensus – semi-interquartile range <0.5 – were collated into the algorithm. Results: The draft algorithm statements were edited and six additional statements were formulated. The 34 statements related to assessment and treatment were grouped into three categories. Category A included statements for unconscious critically ill patients; Category B included statements for stable and cooperative critically ill patients, and Category C included statements related to stable patients with prolonged critical illness. While panellists reached consensus on the ratings of 94% (32/34) of the algorithm statements, only 50% (17/34) of the statements were rated essential.

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