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 the patient from admission to discharge in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Why is this important?
The Spinal Cord Injury Program is designed to get patients to a functional level possible to return home and to the community. This measurement allows us to modify treatment as necessary. The data shows that our patients regain function at a higher rate as patients at national pediatric facilities in 2011.
How does Children’s make sure we are giving high-quality care?
- Our CIRU 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.
- In an ongoing effort to offer the highest level of care, we evaluate our patient outcomes in order to identify opportunities for improvement.
- Each patient is assigned to a team of therapists and nurses so that caregivers and professionals are consistent throughout the rehab stay.
- As the patient improves, the team adjusts the rehabilitation goals to maximize functional independence.
WeeFIM Rating Change is reported by Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) quarterly. UDSMR compares our Spinal Cord Injury Program to other pediatric programs in the nation.