AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for August 14, 2022: What are your barriers to getting patients walking?

You already know that getting patients up and walking is beneficial for a variety of reasons. But we all have things in our lives that we know we should do, but don’t, and there are usually a bunch of reasons why. Unless we identify the barriers that keep us from doing what we know is best, we can’t begin to develop strategies to overcome them.

At your next staff meeting, ask colleagues to list what they feel are barriers to getting patients walking down the hall, walking to the bathroom, or even transferring out of bed to a chair. Encourage open and honest answers. Then brainstorm ways that your team can overcome these barriers…tackle them one at a time if it’s easier.

A few ideas: take turns walking patients who are mobile, encourage family members and volunteers to walk with patients when they visit, ask patients to remind you when they haven’t walking during the day, create a bulletin board that tracks distance walked with patients (use pedometers or a walk down the hall and back is 5 points) and set a goal for your unit. Can you think of other ideas?

Lastly, think about times when you HAVE been able to walk with patients or help them transfer out of bed and into a chair. What factors helped make this happen? What can you and your team do to repeat this consistently?

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