Cost Savings

The PACE Creates Ongoing Cost Savings

The benefits of early mobility are becoming well known and easier to quantify. By investing in the PACE you are making the best tool available to your staff and patients for easy and frequent mobilization.

  • Early mobility can save $1,300 per patient:
  • A recent John's Hopkins study proved that early mobility in the ICU improves patient outcomes and saves hospitals $1,300 per patient on average. (Lord, et. Al. "ICU Early Physical Rehabilitation Programs: Financial Modeling of Cost Savings." Critical Care Medicine 41.3 (2013): 717-24.)

  • 19 -22% Length of Stay Reduction:
  • The same study found significant length of stay reductions on the floor (19%) and ICU (22%).

  • Increased Frequency of Mobilization:
  • When every patient has a PACE by their bedside the whole process becomes easier for the nurse and the patient to ambulate.  When mobility is made easy it will happen more frequently.

  • Increase Staff Efficiency:
  • One of the greatest limiting factors in mobilizing patients is the number of staff involved. The PACE allows a nurse to focus on the patient rather than their equipment. Most patients will be able to ambulate with one assist.

  • Secondary Complications:
  • This increased mobility creates a better patient experience and ongoing cost savings as secondary complications are reduced. Patient satisfaction scores will improve as patients will feel empowered and independent.

    Why it’s important to you:

    ICU Nurse Manager:
    Work flow and safety are important to the ICU nurse manager efficiency. Implementing the PACE as a system allows nurses to safely ambulate patients in a shorter time and with little or no extra assistance. As a result the nursing unit’s that mobilize frequently can see staff efficiency rise dramatically as nurses that we’re previously needed to assist with equipment are now free to chart or attend to other patients.

    Rehabilitation Manager:
    It is very important for therapists to maximize their skilled time when working with patients. Using the traditional model of care they are often spending more than half of their treatment time doing set up and management of equipment in order to mobilize their patients. With the PACE, the patient’s equipment will always be consolidated and ready for mobility. In most cases this will eliminate the need for a rehab aide.

    Clinical Nurse Specialist/ Nurse Educator:
    The nurse educator is already aware of all the evidence supporting early mobility in the ICU and on the Post-Surgical floors. When patients are out of bed more frequently they have less delirium, improved emotional balance and fewer complications. The ease of use and efficiency achieved when using the PACE will make it possible to start and sustain an early mobility program with good consistency and follow through from the multidisciplinary team.

    The Chief Nursing Officer is concerned with quality patient care, nurse and patient satisfaction, and financial cost savings. The PACE will address all of these concerns. Patients are more satisfied when they are able to get out of bed and ambulate. The evidence clearly shows that best practice is to get patients out of bed early and often and this will not only lead to better quality outcomes, but will also result in decreased LOS both in the ICU and overall. Fewer injuries and falls will occur as attention can be focused solely on the patient rather than medical device management.

    Biomedical Engineering:
    The PACE is UL certified, safe, of excellent quality and Made in the USA

    Personnel will be pleased with how easy the PACE is to work on and that it has a 5 year warranty.

    Doctors are well aware that when their patients are out of bed and ambulating frequently, they have fewer complications. The PACE will stay with the patient at all times and there will be very little need to disconnect them from their IV’s or other devices. Patients will have fewer incidences of ICU acquired delirium, GI complications, VAP, and muscle wasting.

    The PACE is easy to manipulate and move along with patients. It fits in most elevators beside a bed or stretcher and can also be attached to a WC when the WC is set up with the PACE attachment.