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Every now and then at Sunnybrook Health Sciences in Toronto, Canada, there was talk about getting ventilated patients up and about even if they were still intubated. Some people thought that the patients should be weaned off the ventilator first, some thought after, says Linda Nusdorfer, RN, MSN, an advanced practice nurse for critical care and cardiovascular care at the facility. Still others wanted to work on weaning and mobility at the same time.

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