Spinal Cord WeeFIM

Each patient in the Children’s Spinal Cord Injury Program is measured by the WeeFIM scale.

What does this data mean?
The WeeFIM system allows staff to measure the functional gains of each patient. The graph shows the WeeFIM Rating Change for patients admitted with a traumatic spinal cord injury from admission to discharge in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Why is this important?
The Spinal Cord Injury Program is designed to get patients with spinal cord injuries to a functional level possible to return home and to the community. This measurement helps us identify opportunities for improving our level of care as well as adjust a patient's rehabilitation goals to maximize functional independence as he improves.

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

  • Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) with specialty recognition in spinal cord system of care and pediatric specialty program.
  • We have a ventilator program designed to wean patients off the ventilator when possible. When a child must remain on the ventilator, the team prepares the patient and family for a smooth, successful transition to home.
  • Each patient is assigned to a team of therapists and nurses so that caregivers and professionals are consistent throughout the rehab stay.
  • Our team includes a pediatric physiatrist certified in spinal cord injury medicine. This means our team has additional expertise in the evaluation and treatment of children and teens with spinal cord injuries.

WeeFIM Rating Change is reported by Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR). UDSMR compares our Spinal Cord Injury Program to similar pediatric programs in the nation.