August 11, 2023

Association of mobilization with postop complications

Editor's Note

This study led by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic examines the association between postoperative mobilization after major elective surgery and a composite of primary postoperative outcomes (ie, myocardial injury, ileus, stroke, venous thromboembolism, pulmonary complications, and all-cause in-hospital mortality) and secondary outcomes (ie, hospital length of stay, cumulative pain scores, and 30-day readmission).

A total of 8,653 patients were included in the analysis.

The researchers found that for each 4-minute-per-hour increase in mobilization:

  • the odds of experiencing a composite of complications decreased 25%
  • there was a median reduction in hospital length of stay by -0.12 days
  • there was no association between mobilization and pain scores or 30-day readmissions.

The researchers concluded that more mobility was associated with fewer composite complications and shorter hospitalizations.


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