Spinal cord injury discharged

The Children’s Spinal Cord Injury Program helps patients with traumatic spinal cord injuries become independent and return home. In 2014, 100 percent of patients returned home.

What does this data mean?
In 2014, our program discharged 100 percent of patients home compared to the national average of 79 percent. This means that more of our patients were able to return home.

Why is this important?
This is important because our patients have the team, environment and support needed to reach a level of independence where they can begin to reintegrate into the community.

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

  • We provide therapy seven days a week with a minimum of three hours of therapy a day.
  • 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. They also work with the patient’s school to provide education about the patient’s condition and needs.
  • Age and developmentally appropriate activities and recreational outings help prepare patients to return to everyday life.
  • Our social workers identify resources in the community to assist and support the patient and family after discharge.

Patient discharge to school/community is reported by Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR). UDSMR compares our Spinal Cord Injury Program to similar pediatric programs in the nation.