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Early Mobilization in the ICU

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Verified February 2017 by University of Chicago
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Chicago Identifier:
First received: January 16, 2013
Last updated: February 8, 2017
Last verified: February 2017
To study all ICU patients with an independent baseline functional status , who experience a critical illness requiring intubation and mechanical ventilation evaluating long-term cognitive and executive function and long term cost effectiveness in survivors who required mechanical ventilation.

Condition Intervention
Respiratory Failure Other: early PT OT

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Early Mobilization in the ICU

Further study details as provided by University of Chicago:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • presence of cognitive impairment [ Time Frame: within the first 30 days after ICU admission ]
  • presence of cognitive impairment [ Time Frame: up to 1 year post discharge ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • cognitive test score [ Time Frame: up to 1 year post discharge ]

    includes variables

    1. orientation
    2. attention
    3. memory
    4. reasoning
    5. executive function

  • institution free days [ Time Frame: up to 1 yr post discharge ]
    number of days not requiring inpatient admission

  • Insulin Resistance [ Time Frame: day 3 of mechanical ventilation ]
    Measuring insulin resistance and glycemic control in patients who are still mechanically ventilated on third day of enrollment in the study

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: July 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Early physical therapy(PT) occupational therapy (OT)
Early PT OT assessments begin on first day of study. Therapy delivered by a team consisting of physical and occupational therapists and coordinated with daily sedative interruption
Other: early PT OT
  1. Passive range of motion (ROM) in pts who remain unresponsive despite sedative interruption.
  2. active assisted ROM in supine position.
  3. treatment is advanced to bed mobility activities
  4. sitting balance activities followed by participation in activities of daily living (ADLs) and exercises that encourage increased independence with functional tasks.
  5. progression to transfer training, and finally pre-gait training and ambulation.
  6. progression of activities dependent on patient tolerance and stability
  7. therapy sessions continue on a daily basis throughout hospital stay until return to prior level of function or is discharged.
No Intervention: standard care
PT OT delivered as ordered by the primary ICU team

Detailed Description:
Immediate mobilization of mechanically ventilated (MV) ICU patients is not part of usual care in the U.S. or internationally. Our previous work supports that early mobilization through physical and occupational therapy for ICU patients on the ventilator can help them experience less delirium, spend less time in the ICU and hospital, and become more independent when they leave. To advance our knowledge in this area, large longitudinal studies are needed to understand the long-term physical, cognitive and mental health status of survivors and to test how specific ICU therapies may affect these outcomes.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Intubated and MV > 24, < 96 hours
  • Baseline Barthel Index Functional Score > 70, functional at home

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Rapidly changing neurological conditions (e.g. stroke)
  • Cardiac arrest as cause for respiratory failure
  • Elevated intracranial pressure
  • Pregnancy (due to inability to provide continuous fetal monitoring)
  • Terminal condition (life expectancy < 6 months)
  • Traumatic brain injury, multiple limb fractures, pelvic fractures,
  • Severe chronic pain syndrome on admission
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01777035

Contact: John P Kress, MD 773-702-6404
Contact: Anne Pohlman, MSN 773-702-3804

United States, Illinois
University of Chicago Recruiting
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60637
Contact: Anne Pohlman, MSN    773-702-3804   
Principal Investigator: John P Kress, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Bhakti Patel, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Chicago
Principal Investigator: John P Kress, MD University of Chicago
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Responsible Party: University of Chicago Identifier: NCT01777035     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 11-0218
Study First Received: January 16, 2013
Last Updated: February 8, 2017

Keywords provided by University of Chicago:
mechanical ventilation
physical therapy
occupational therapy
ICU acquired weakness
critical illness myopathy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Respiratory Insufficiency
Respiration Disorders
Respiratory Tract Diseases processed this record on September 20, 2017