While the benefits of mobilization are well established, there is a lack of evidence as to how far patients need to walk to obtain them. Two hospitals set their own guidelines:
- At Boston Medical Center, patients walk at least three times a day, out of the room and into the hallway, a distance of about 250 feet.
- At Banner University Medical Center in Tucson, they walk at least 50 feet three times a day.
Jane Lacovara, a clinical nurse specialist at Banner, consulted with occupational and physical therapists to determine the appropriate amount of walking. To make sure patients get out of bed to ambulate, "tell them how far they need to walk and how many times a day they need to do it, but let them choose their schedule," she recommends.