Brain injury length of stay

The Brain Injury Program has an average length of stay of 19 days for patients admitted with a traumatic brain injury.

What does this data mean?
For 2014, the average length of stay for a patient with a traumatic brain injury was 19 days. The national length of stay was 18.2 days. This means that our patients completed their rehab program and returned home with their families.

Why is this important?
A shorter length of stay means that patients can return home with their families, to communities and often back to school.

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.
  • Unlike adult rehab centers, we only work with children and teens, so we have the ability to focus on what's important to young people and their families—getting them back home and to school.

Patient length of stay is reported by Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR). UDSMR compares our Brain Injury Program to similar pediatric programs in the nation.