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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