Our early mobility solutions supporting the Veterans Administration (VA) Mobility Screening and Solutions Tool
In the pursuit of optimizing the rehabilitation journey for our esteemed veterans, the Veterans Administration (VA) has developed the Mobility Screening and Solutions Tool. This tool aims to enhance early mobilization and improve the functional outcomes of veterans.
As a leading healthcare technology provider, we offer a range of equipment that aligns with and supports the objectives of the VA Mobility Screening and Solutions Tool. In this article, we will explore how Arjo equipment can effectively contribute to early mobilization efforts, ensuring veterans receive the care they deserve.
Early mobilization plays a crucial role in the rehabilitation process for veterans, facilitating improved clinical outcomes and enhanced quality of life. It has been proven to have various benefits, such as reducing the risk of complications, promoting cardiovascular health, preventing muscle atrophy, and restoring functional mobility.1
The VA Mobility Screening and Solutions Tool
The VA Mobility Screening and Solutions Tool1 is designed to identify veterans' mobility impairments early on and provide targeted interventions to improve their mobility outcomes. It consists of a comprehensive assessment process and recommendations for appropriate mobility aids and equipment. This tool aims to enhance the individualized care and rehabilitation of veterans, ensuring their specific mobility needs are addressed.
Our Solutions Supporting the VA Mobility Screening Tool
Arjo offers a range of equipment that aligns with the objectives of the VA Mobility Screening and Solutions Tool, facilitating early mobilization and promoting better mobility outcomes for veterans. Here are some examples of Arjo equipment that can support the tool's implementation:
Here are examples of Arjo equipment that can help support Level 1 mobility level from the VA mobility screening tool.
For patients that are unable to “Sit & Shake”:
- Ceiling lift: MAXI SKY®, or MAXI SKY® 2 PLUS for heavier patients
- Total body lift: MAXI MOVE® Floor Lift
- Lateral transfer device: AIRPAL® air-assisted or sliding sheets
- Multi-function vertical tilt bed: TOTAL LIFT BED™
These are all solutions that can support Level 1 mobility level according to this tool.
For patients that are unable to “Stretch and Point” are suggested to use equipment such as:
Level 3P (powered)
For patients that are unable to “Stand”:
- Powered Sit to Stand: SARA PLUS and/or SARA® FLEX
- Powered Toilet Chair: CARINO®
- Specialized ambulation equipment: Sara Plus with ambulation sling, MAXI SKY, MAXI MOVE with ambulation sling, Arjo Lift WALKER™.
Level 3N (non-powered)
For patient that are unable to “March and Step with Support”:
- Non-Powered sit to stand: SARA® STEDY
Level 4A (Adaptive)
For patients that are unable to “March and Step without Support”:
- Walker: Arjo WALKER
Reliability and Validity of the VA Mobility Screening and Solutions Tool
The paper titled "Reliability and Validity of the Veterans Administration Mobility Screening and Solutions Tool"1 presents an assessment of the tool's effectiveness and confirms its reliability and validity in identifying mobility impairments among veterans. The study emphasizes the importance of a systematic approach to mobility assessment and the potential impact on improving veterans' functional outcomes.
Arjo recognizes the significance of the VA Mobility Screening and Solutions Tool in enhancing the rehabilitation journey for veterans. By offering a range of equipment that supports early mobilization, such as the Total Lift Bed advanced profiling bed, Sara® Combilizer multi-functional tool for mobilization of patients out of bed, Maxi Move floor lift, Sara Flex powered sit to stand, and Sara Stedy, Arjo strives to align with the objectives of the tool and contribute to improved mobility outcomes for veterans. Together, let us embrace the VA Mobility Screening and Solutions Tool and ensure our veterans receive the comprehensive care they deserve to reclaim their independence and quality of life.
ICU Early Mobility Solution Clinical Evidence
Early mobilization has been demonstrated to be safe and feasible for patients admitted to critical care. Implementing programs of early mobility has shown numerous benefits for both patients and healthcare organizations. It is now included as a key component in national protocols and international guidelines2-4.
Download our ICU early mobilization clinical evidence summary. You will learn about:
- Key body systems impacted by immobility in critically ill patients
- The benefits of and barriers to early mobilization
- Assessment of patient readiness for mobility
- Methods and solutions from in-bed to out-of-bed mobilization
Meet with Our Experts
Embracing early mobility as a fundamental pillar of rehabilitation for US veterans is an opportunity to optimize their recovery journey and enhance their overall well-being. To benefit from our Early Mobility Solution and provide the best care for our veterans, book a demonstration of our Early Mobility solutions with our experts. We look forward to assisting you in providing exceptional care to our esteemed veterans.
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- Reliability and validity of the Veterans Administration Mobility Screening and Solutions Tool | BMC Health Services Research | (2022)
- National Institute for Health and Care Excellence [NICE]. (2009) Rehabilitation after critical illness. London: NICE (Nice guideline no 83)
- Baron R, Binder A, Biniek R, et al. Evidence and consensus based guideline for the management of delirium, analgesia, and sedation in intensive care medicine. (DAS- Revised Guideline 2015) - short version. Ger Med Sci. 2015 Nov 12;13:Doc19.
- Devlin JW, YOanna S, Gelinas C, et al. Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Pain, Agitation/Sedation, Delirium, Immobility, and Sleep Disruption in Adult Patients in the ICU. Critical care Medicine. 2018; 46(9)