Health Care Innovation Awards: Project Profile


Project Title: “Mobility: the 6th vital sign”
Geographic Reach: Michigan
Funding Amount: $3,773,539
Estimated 3-Year Savings: $8,837,501


The Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) of Detroit, Michigan received an award for an innovative care model that encourages and supports patient mobility for patients at risk for hospital –acquired pressure ulcers (HAPUs) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) during acute inpatient hospitalizations. The interventions include mobility and skin assessments, repositioning, range of motion exercises, assistance with ambulation and mobility/skin related patient and family education. The goal is to reduce HAPUs and associated costs, VAP, improve patient satisfaction and decrease length of stay.

Over a three-year period, HFHS will create approximately 20 jobs for health care providers, including a project manager, rehab therapists, wound care certified nurses and patient mobility assistants.

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