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Patient mobilisation: why falls risk should not be a barrier

Bed may seem the safest place for older or frail patients, but preventing deconditioning by supporting people to mobilise is a hallmark of holistic nursing care

Bed may seem the safest place for older or frail patients, but preventing deconditioning by supporting people to mobilise is a hallmark of holistic nursing care

  • Immobility and deconditioning go hand in hand, posing serious risk to older inpatients if they are not given support to get up and dressed
  • The reasons some staff may be reluctant to encourage individuals to mobilise, and why campaigns such as End PJ Paralysis are effective
  • Find out how nurses and physios are working together to ensure teams prioritise preventing deconditioning

With two older relatives in hospital in one year, retired senior nurse Anne Cooper was surprised to be told neither would be supported to mobilise until

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