NEWS | February 12, 2019

UC Davis Children's Hospital launches early mobility program for pediatric heart patients

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The UC Davis Pediatric Cardiac and Intensive Care Unit launched the Pediatric A-F Bundle and Early Mobility Program specifically for pediatric cardiology patients this week. A ribbon cutting was held to mark the start of this program for patients with congenital heart defects and other heart conditions.

Pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon Amy Rahm cuts ribbon to mark the launch of the Pediatric A-F Bundle and Early Mobility Program specifically for pediatric cardiology patients. Pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon Amy Rahm cuts ribbon to mark the launch of the Pediatric A-F Bundle and Early Mobility Program specifically for pediatric cardiology patients.

A bundled approach, including early mobility and exercise, have been shown to help patients recover faster and decrease long-term effects of delirium. Delirium is common among patients admitted to an intensive care unit and may be caused by illness or infection, pain and certain medications.

The benefits of the A-F  bundle and early mobility include:

  • Improved recovery times
  • Improved strength
  • Reduced pain and irritability, as well as the need for medication to address these issues
  • Reduced need to be on a breathing machine
  • Reduced amount of time your child needs to stay in the PICU

In May 2015, UC Davis Children’s Hospital launched the Ready, Set Go!  Pediatric A-F Bundle and Early Mobility Program to help improve recovery times, shorten patient stays, and reduce pain and delirium among pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) patients.

The Ready, Set Go! Pediatric A-F Bundle and  Early Mobility Project began after the success of the UC Davis Medical Center’s Early Mobility program within the adult population, which launched in 2012.

UC Davis Medical Center was one of the first institutions nationally with both pediatric and adult early mobility programs, and the first in Northern California.