The Brain Injury Program has an average length of stay of 21.3 days for patients admitted with a brain injury.
What does this data mean?
For 2011, the average length of stay for a patient with a brain injury was 21.3 days. The national length of stay was 24.5 days. This means that our patients recovered three days faster than the national average.
Why is this important?
A shorter length of stay means that patients can go back to school, hang out with friends and head back to their jobs sooner.
How does Children’s make sure we are giving high-quality care?
Each patient is assigned to a rehabilitation team for continuity of care during the stay.
- The team is managed by a pediatric physiatrist (physical and rehabilitation doctor). The team meets weekly to discuss treatment goals and each patient’s progress and discharge plan.
- We provide therapy seven days a week with at least three hours of therapy a day. As the patient improves, the treatment plan is adjusted to reach rehabilitation goals for discharge. These goals help the patient return to daily activities at home and school.
- Our team teaches families how to care for their child during the rehab stay and once their child goes home.
- Case managers serve as a resource for each patient family during and after the patient’s stay. Case managers coordinate care at Children’s and as the patient returns home.
Patient length of stay is reported by Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) quarterly. UDSMR compares our Brain Injury Program to other pediatric programs in the nation.