Early Mobility Makes Financial Sense

The complications of immobility can be expensive. The most common examples in clinical literature are:

  • Increased length of stay (LOS) in the ICU and in the hospital
  • Increased cost of care for ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP), and
  • The cost of treating pressure ulcers 

The team at Johns Hopkins lead by Robert Lord24 recently published their experience implementing an early mobility protocol and saw an $817,836 net savings for the ICU and floor.

Our team is equipped with a financial model to help you learn about potential cost savings*. Studies have shown that the average cost of patient care associated with complications of immobility may be as high as:

  • $4,000 = The average cost of an 1 day stay in an ICU25
  • $43,000 = The average cost of treating a stage III or IV pressure ulcer26
  • $45,000 = The average cost associated with treating Ventilator Associated Pneumonia27
  • Up to $60,000 = The average annual costs attributable to patient care post ICU delirium28

Find out how we can help you implement an early mobility protocol

*These are estimates of the potential cost savings associated with implementing an early mobility program at your facility for informational purposes only and are based on data shown in scientific literature as referenced throughout. The potential cost savings estimated are not intended to be a commitment, guaranty, or warranty from Hillrom.

References »

24. Lord R, et at, Crit Care Med. ICU Early Physical Rehabilitation Programs: Financial Modeling of Cost Savings. 2013;41(3):717-724

25.Dasta JF, et al. Crit Care Med. 2005.

26. CMS. Fed Regist. 2008

27. Restrepo MI, et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2010.

28. Leslie DL, et al. Arch Intern Med. 2008.