Safety of mobilizing hospitalized adults: review of the literature

J Nurs Care Qual. 2013 Apr-Jun;28(2):162-8. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31827c10d5.


This article examines literature that provides evidence about the safety of mobilizing hospitalized adults. A search of electronic databases and hand searches yielded 24 studies that were included in the review. Evidence of mobilization safety was found in 4 clinical settings (medical, surgical, cardiac procedure, and intensive care), and the findings from these studies suggest that early mobilization of hospitalized adults is safe.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Critical Care Nursing / standards*
  • Diagnostic Techniques, Cardiovascular / nursing
  • Early Ambulation / nursing*
  • Early Ambulation / standards*
  • Humans
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / standards*
  • Patient Safety / standards*
  • Perioperative Nursing / standards*