The selection of an appropriate therapeutic approach and optimal pain reduction allow early mobilisation of the patient.1-5 Early patient mobilisation leads to less complications, rapid recovery and reduced length of hospital stay.

Mobility may also be restricted by the treatment modality itself.  For example, the requirement of a patent intravenous line that necessitates an indwelling intravenous catheter and intravenous tubing, which tethers the patient to a computerised pump attached to an intravenous pole.6



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