What does this data mean?
In 2014, the Brain Injury Program discharged 96 percent of patients to their homes compared to 90 percent for the national average. This means more of our patients were able to return home.
Why is this important?
This is important because patients regained a level of independence and were prepared to reintegrate into the community.
How does Children’s make sure we are giving high-quality care?
The program provides therapy seven days a week with a minimum of three hours of therapy a day. Each patient with a brain injury is assigned to a team for continuity of care during the stay.
- We work as a team to prepare the patient to return home and to school. Patient and family education teaches parents how to care for their child after leaving Children’s.
- Our certified teachers work with the family to guide them through the process of returning to school—from elementary school to college. They also work with the patient’s school to provide education about the patient, their condition and their needs.
- Age and developmentally appropriate activities and recreational outings help patients relearn and practice everyday things, like using public transportation and buying groceries.
- Our social workers identify resources in the community to assist and support the patient and family after discharge.
Patient discharge to home/community is reported by Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR). UDSMR compares our Brain Injury Program to similar pediatric programs in the nation.