13.1 Mobility Introduction

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify factors putting clients at risk for mobility problems
  • Identify cues related to mobility problems
  • Identify the effects of immobility on body systems
  • Describe nursing interventions to prevent complications of immobility
  • Contribute to a plan of care for clients with mobility alterations

Sit on a sturdy chair with your legs and arms stretched out in front of you, and then try to stand. This basic mobility task can be impaired during recovery from major surgery or for patients with chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Mobility, which includes moving one’s extremities, changing positions, sitting, standing, and walking, helps avoid degradation of many body systems and prevents complications associated with immobility. Nurses assist patients to be as mobile as possible, based on their individual circumstances, to achieve their highest level of independence, prevent complications, and promote a feeling of well-being. This chapter will discuss nursing assessments and interventions related to promoting mobility.


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