Keeping patients safe by promoting mobility and minimizing sedation

Keeping patients mobile is key to reducing harm. Maintaining a continued emphasis on mobility can assist in the prevention of several harm events, including catheter-associated urinary tract infections, delirium, falls, hospital-acquired pressure ulcers/injuries, readmissions, ventilator-associated events (VAE) and venous thromboembolism (VTE). As part of its ongoing collaboration on the UP Campaign with the American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Educational Trust, IHA is spreading the word about the importance of early mobilization throughout the fourth quarter of 2017.

The GET UP component of the UP Campaign focuses on mobilizing patients to return to function more quickly. To help hospitals get involved, IHA has created a GET UP resource sheet and pre-written social media posts, which are available on the website. In addition, IHA is hosting a four-part webinar series highlighting case studies and best practices. The first three webinars were held Oct. 10, Oct. 31 and Nov. 14, and the final webinar will be Dec. 12.

One of the barriers to early mobility is oversedation, which happens to be the focus of the third and final component of the UP Campaign: WAKE UP. WAKE UP focuses on reducing unnecessary sleepiness and sedation to reduce adverse drug events, airway safety events, delirium, falls, VAE and VTE. IHA will post a resource sheet and pre-written social media posts on the website in the coming months and host a four-part webinar series in the first quarter of 2018. Dates will be announced soon.

Past UP Campaign webinar slides and recordings can be found on the Patient Safety section of For more information on how you can implement the UP Campaign at your hospital, contact Annette Handy at