Passive exercise delivered in the first 24 hours of critical illness might be appropriate for patients who cannot tolerate more active mobility interventions. However, more evidence is needed. Amidei and colleagues investigated the safety and acute physiological effects of a single, continuous passive motion (CPM) intervention in 30 adults using mechanical ventilation. They found the following:

—Alison J. Montpetit,rn, phd

See Article, pp 337–349

Identifying specific criteria documented in the medical record that may be associated with cardiac arrest help predict and subsequently prevent patients’ mortality. Collins and colleagues conducted a unique study that examined the association between the nurses’ optional documentation and hospital mortality among acute care patients. They found the following:

Nurses’ awareness of documentation patterns may enhance recognition of a patient’s decline and increase interventions or communication to intervene before cardiac arrest occurs.

—Rochelle Armola,rn, msn, ccrn

See Article, pp 306–313


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