Early progressive mobility allows patients to return to function more quickly by preserving muscle strength, reducing delirium, improving lower extremity circulation and lung capacity and reducing length of stay. This strategy provides an opportunity for all disciplines to collaborate and participate in decreasing harm to patients; patients and families should be included in the care plan. The GET UP strategy impacts readmissions and six patient harm areas: CAUTI, Delirium, Falls, Pressure Injuries, VAE and VTE.

FHA will focus on GET UP January - March 2018.

The acronym is a reminder of the practices an organization needs to have in place to effectively initiate an early mobility program:

G - GO: determine the resources in your institution and how you will implement a mobility program.
E - EVALUATE (patient capabilities): which scale/tool/evaluation method will you standardize on?
T - TEAM UP for progressive mobility: rehabilitation, nursing and respiratory join to implement the mobility plan.
U - UNITE: engage patients, families and friends in mobility progression.
P - PROMOTE PROGRESS: measure and report unit mobility performance.


FHA Resources (Coming Soon)

  • FHA GET UP Toolkit and Resource Guide
  • FHA GET UP Top 10 Checklist
  • FHA GET UP Badge cards
  • FHA GET UP E-mail Banner
  • FHA GET UP Flyer
  • FHA GET UP Newsletters
  • FHA GET UP Posters
  • FHA GET UP Social media


Additional Resources

Virtual Events

GET UP Virtual Event | Early Mobility Matters: In & Out of the ICU
GET UP Virtual Event: Move It Or Lose It


For more information, contact FHA HIIN at or 407-841-6230