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Case Studies

Empowering Patients to Walk in LTACHs

Dick Raffelson was feeling weak and discouraged after surviving a grueling 26 hour surgery. His left kidney and numerous cancerous tumors had been removed, along with a radical neck dissection and reconstruction. Read more...

Mobilizing Patients on ECMO and VAD

The University of Kentucky Medical Center is one of the leading institutions in the country for lung and heart transplants. One of the challenges faced by the transplant team is that their patients often wait weeks or months on ECMO or VAD prior to these transplants. Read more...

Safer Mobility

Roy Arterburn ( 82 y.o.) entered Poudre Valley Hospital with complaints of lower abdominal pain and new onset anorexia. After days of being in bed and undergoing multiple tests to discern the cause of his symptoms he desperately wanted to get up and start moving. Read more...

Mobilizing Patients Post-Op

Mr. Spinuzzi entered the Medical Center of the Rockies for a gastric resection and an esophagojejunal anastomosis as part of his treatment to fight gastric cancer. His stay was complicated by a leak at the anastomosis, re-exploration and placement of a mediastinal tube, chest tube and feeding tube. Read more...

Mobilizing Patients on a Vent

Mrs. “A” was born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), and for 52 years she had remained active despite all the deterrents associated with her illness. She underwent a lung transplant in 2007 and was doing quite well until her transplant began to falter in March of 2014. Read more...