What is “MOVEN Our Kids”?
MOVEN is the name for CHOC Children’s early progressive mobility plan for children 10 years and older. MOVEN was developed to get ICU patients moving sooner. Each letter stands for a level of activity that is appropriate for your child.
What does “early progressive mobility” mean?’
“Early mobility” is starting gradual physical rehabilitation as soon as your child is able. Your child will be examined daily to check if your child is ready.
Mobility exercises are “progressive“ meaning they start as simple movements or activities and become more complex as your child is able to tolerate more activity.
When do the mobility activities occur?
Every day we will talk about your child’s activity level. Then, as the day allows (i.e. with consideration for procedures, meals, naptimes, staff, etc.), the mobility activities will take place.
How do mobility exercises work?
Some phases of mobility activities are simple position changes in the bed with nursing or family assistance. Other activities will need a change to the position of the bed, while other activities will have your child sitting in a chair or walking.
Who will coordinate these activities and assist my child?
Your child’s nurse will arrange the activities, but several people may be in the room to help. If your child is on a ventilator, you may see a respiratory therapist assisting. Physical therapists and occupational therapists may help with exercises and positioning. Other nurses may help handle equipment or offer support.
Why are we MOVEN our kids?
Research has shown that early mobility can have many positive results for ICU patients. Studies have shown mobilization can decrease the number of days on a ventilator, decrease the chance of infection and decrease the length of stay in the ICU.