Early Mobilization in the ICU

  • End date
    Dec 26, 2021
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Chicago
Updated on 26 January 2021
mechanical ventilation
critical illness
assisted ventilation


To study all ICU patients with an independent baseline functional status , who experience a critical illness requiring intubation and mechanical ventilation evaluating long-term cognitive and executive function and long term cost effectiveness in survivors who required mechanical ventilation.


Immediate mobilization of mechanically ventilated (MV) ICU patients is not part of usual care in the U.S. or internationally. Our previous work supports that early mobilization through physical and occupational therapy for ICU patients on the ventilator can help them experience less delirium, spend less time in the ICU and hospital, and become more independent when they leave. To advance our knowledge in this area, large longitudinal studies are needed to understand the long-term physical, cognitive and mental health status of survivors and to test how specific ICU therapies may affect these outcomes.

Condition Respiratory Failure
Treatment early PT OT
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT01777035
SponsorUniversity of Chicago
Last Modified on26 January 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Is your age greater than or equal to 18 yrs?
Gender: Male or Female
Do you have Respiratory Failure?
Do you have any of these conditions: Do you have Respiratory Failure??
Intubated and MV > 24, < 96 hours
Baseline Barthel Index Functional Score > 70, functional at home

Exclusion Criteria

Rapidly changing neurological conditions (e.g. stroke)
Cardiac arrest as cause for respiratory failure
Elevated intracranial pressure
Pregnancy (due to inability to provide continuous fetal monitoring)
Terminal condition (life expectancy < 6 months)
Traumatic brain injury, multiple limb fractures, pelvic fractures
Severe chronic pain syndrome on admission
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