Multidisciplinary staff perceived barriers and enablers to early mobilization of patients with burns in the ICU

W. C. Lim, A. M. Hill, D. W. Edgar, M. Elliott, L. M. van der Lee, Lisa M. van der Lee

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Abstract

Background: Complex challenges face clinicians managing critically ill patients with burns, particularly in the context of enhancing outcomes after a stay in ICU. Compounding this, a dearth of research explores the specific and modifiable factors that impact early mobilization in the ICU environment. Aim: To explore the barriers and enablers of early functional mobilization for patients with burns in the ICU from a multidisciplinary perspective. Design: A qualitative phenomenological study. Methods: Semi-structured interviews supplemented by online questionnaires conducted with 12 multidisciplinary clinicians (four doctors, three nurses and five physical therapists) who previously managed burn patients at a quaternary level ICU. Data were thematically analysed. Results: Four main themes: patient, ICU clinicians, the workplace and the physical therapist were identified as impacting on early mobilization. Subthemes identified barriers or enablers to mobilization but all were strongly influenced by overarching theme of the clinician's “emotional filter.” Barriers included high levels of pain, heavy sedation and low levels of clinician exposure to treating patients with burns. Enablers included higher levels of clinician's experience and knowledge about burn management and benefits of early mobilization; increased coordinated staff resources when undertaking mobilization; and, open communication and positive culture towards early mobilization across the multidisciplinary team. Conclusion: Patient, clinician and workplace barriers and enablers were identified to influencing the likelihood of achieving early mobilization of patients with burns in the ICU. Emotional support for staff through multidisciplinary collaboration and development of structured burns training program were key recommendations to address barriers and strengthen enablers to early mobilization of patients with burns in the ICU.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1688-1697
Number of pages10
JournalBurns
Volume49
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023

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