Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) remains the definite cure for many pediatric hematologic diseases but causes profound deconditioning, which impairs daily physical functioning and may lead to further health complications. The Transplant Energize Me Patient Outcome (TEMPO) project is a standard-of-care, quality improvement (QI) project whose primary objective is to maintain physical functional mobility and strength throughout admission for pediatric allogeneic HCT patients. Specifically, TEMPO incorporates individualized and developmentally appropriate exercises and activities that are administered by a multidisciplinary team, who objectively measure and record a patient's physical stamina at predetermined frequencies. Discipline-specific metrics at admission, at weekly intervals, at discharge, and at 100 days after graft infusion (D100) are recorded in templated flowsheets in the electronic medical record. As a secondary objective, resource utilization as measured by length of stay, duration of parenteral feeds and narcotics, readmission by D100, and infections was compared between TEMPO and historical control (pre-TEMPO) allogeneic HCT patients. TEMPO participation maintained physical endurance and functional strength throughout hospitalization, an effect that was significantly sustained or improved at D100. Resource utilization did not significantly differ between patient cohorts. Taken together, the TEMPO QI Project maintains physical functional mobility, strength, and endurance, thereby decreasing physical deconditioning in pediatric allogeneic HCT patients, an effect that is objectively sustained at D100.
- Functional mobility
- Hematopoietic cell transplant
- Physical therapy
- Resource utilization
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