Making Strides

At Keck Medicine of USC, we are committed to providing the best in rehabilitation care. Our aim is to help our patients make strides toward greater independence, improve quality of life and achieve optimal health.

Making Strides

At Keck Medicine of USC, we are committed to providing the best in rehabilitation care. Our aim is to help our patients make strides toward greater independence, improve quality of life and achieve optimal health.

About the Program

The Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Unit (IRU) at Keck Medicine of USC is a comprehensive program that focuses on improving the independence of patients. Through this interdisciplinary team approach, we work with patients and their families or caregivers to improve a patient’s quality of life. Our goal is to help increase functions such as mobility, activities of daily living, cognition, communication, strength and overall independence.

We’re proud of our outcomes.

Our discharge rate (percentage of patients discharged to home) of 82% beats the national average of 77%.

What to Expect

Making progress toward greater independence through therapy is a key reason for your visit to Keck Hospital of USC’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. When you are admitted and prior to leaving our program, 18 activities of daily living are evaluated by the therapists and nurses using an instrument called the Functional Independence Measure (FIM). During your stay, we want to do everything we can to ensure your experience is as positive as possible.

Conditions We See

 

Our rehabilitation program at Keck Hospital of USC in Los Angeles works side-by-side with many services and treatment programs. In addition to the diagnoses listed below, we also specialize in medically complex patients.

  • Stroke
  • Brain injury (traumatic and/or non-traumatic) encephalitis, brain tumor, hypoxic encephalopathy
  • Burns
  • Cardiac disorders (coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, left ventricular assist device)
  • Debility
  • Limb Amputations (upper and lower extremity)
  • Major multiple trauma
  • Medically complex
  • Neurological conditions (multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Guillian-Barré, cerebral palsy, critical illness myopathy)
  • Orthopaedic hip and knee replacements, depending on multiple variables
  • Orthopaedic injuries (hip, pelvis, femur or major multiple fractures)
  • Spinal cord injury (traumatic, non-traumatic)
  • Arthritic syndromes

 

Outcomes Data

 

The Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Unit (IRU) at Keck Medicine of USC has established itself as one of the most successful programs of its kind in the nation within its first year. Outcomes for our patients consistently exceed regional and national standards in many categories.

Overall Discharges

Percentage discharged to home 82

National Rate 77

Of the 187 patients treated in the IRU’s inaugural year, 82 percent have been discharged home, higher than the regional rate of 80 percent and the national rate of 77 percent.

Patients may be discharged to the community setting, home with family and caregivers, to a board and care facility, to an assisted living facility or to a transitional living situation.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Percentage discharged to home 82

National Rate 76

Most of our patients have been treated for spinal cord injuries. Eighty-two percent of our patients with spinal cord injuries have returned home, higher than both the regional percentage of 79 and the national percentage of 76.

Neurological Conditions

Percentage discharged to home 81

National Rate 77

Neurological conditions, which include multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Guillain-Barré, cerebral palsy and critical illness myopathy, were the second most common diagnoses treated in the IRU last year. Of these patients, 81 percent have been discharged home. The regional rate for community discharge for patients with neurological conditions is 78 percent. Nationally, the rate is 77 percent.

Stroke

Percentage discharged to home 74

National Rate 72

The third most common diagnosis for which patients received treatment in the IRU was for stroke. Seventy-four percent of our stroke patients have been discharged home, two points higher than the national percentage of 72.

General Statistics

  • The length of stay for our patients averages 13 days.
  • The average age of our patients is 63, which is lower than the national average of 69.

 

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