Inpatient Rehab Volumes and Outcomes

Patients admitted to the Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (CIRU) have an average length of stay of 19.1 days.

What does this data mean?
For 2012, the average length of stay for CIRU patients was 19.1 days compared to the national average length of stay of 27.2 days. A shorter length of stay demonstrates that our patients completed their rehab program and returned home with their families.

Why is this important?
Treatment provided in the CIRU helps patients reach a functional level necessary to return home and to the community. The data shows that CIRU patients at Children’s are able to return home more than a week sooner than the national average for pediatric rehabilitation facilities.

How does Children’s make sure we are giving high-quality care?

  • 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 a minimum of three hours of therapy a day. As the patient makes functional gains, we adjust the treatment plan as needed to accomplish the rehabilitation goals.
  • Both the patient and family are part of the rehab team and participate in the development of the treatment plan.
  • Our rehab team teaches families how to care for their child during the rehab stay and once their child returns home.
  • Case managers serve as a resource for each patient family during and after the patient’s stay, and they 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). UDSMR compares Children’s to other pediatric programs in the nation.