Rehabilitation Medicine

Inpatient Rehabilitation Medicine Statistics and Outcomes

Seattle Children’s provides comprehensive rehabilitation services for children and teens with a wide range of conditions and complex traumatic injuries.

Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Medicine Program includes a Trauma 1 Designated pediatric inpatient rehabilitation facility. Our staff have advanced training and certification in the unique rehabilitative needs of children and teens.

Our rehabilitation unit is the only facility in the Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho region accredited for pediatrics and brain injury by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. Our 2018 CARF survey results placed us in the top 3% of pediatric rehabilitation programs in the nation.

We publish this data to help you make informed decisions about your child’s care. We also use this information to improve the quality of care we provide.

Average Length of Stay in 2018

“Length of stay” means the number of days a child or teen was hospitalized on the rehabilitation unit. Your child’s length of stay will vary based on their particular condition. Our goal is to get your child back to their home and community as quickly as possible, with the best possible functional level.

  • 16.5 days
    Average length of stay at Seattle Children’s
    20.5 days
    Average length of stay at similar facilities
  • 19 days
    Average length of stay at Seattle Children’s
    23.6 days
    Average length of stay at similar facilities

Number of Patients in 2018 

Total number of new patients

Number of new patients by diagnosis
Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury
Traumatic spinal cord injury or disease
Selective dorsal rhizotomy/single-event multilevel surgery (SEMLS)
All others (major multiple trauma, arthritis, etc.)
Number of new patients by age
0 to 3 years old
3 to 5 years old
5 to 7 years old
7 to 10 years old
10 to 13
13 to 18
18 and up

Average Hours of Therapy per Day by Diagnosis in 2018

Brain injury
Traumatic brain injury
Traumatic spinal cord injury or disease
Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR)/single-event multilevel surgery (SEMLS)

We will work with you and your child to develop a specific therapy program designed to meet your child’s goals. 

“Hours of therapy per day” includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, education services, rehabilitation psychology, social work and therapeutic recreation.

Discharge to Community Rate in 2018

“Discharge to community rate” refers to the percentage of patients who were able to return to their home communities when they were discharged from the Rehab Unit. A higher rate is considered better.

Seattle Children's
Similar facilities

Where Patients and Families Come From 

Children and teens from all over the Pacific Northwest come to Seattle Children’s for inpatient rehabilitation. Our staff will work closely with you and your child’s community providers to make the return home as smooth as possible.

Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Utah
Eastern Washington
Western Washington

Patient Satisfaction Data

We ask the children and teens we treat to tell us what they think of the care they received. At the time they are discharged from the Rehab Unit, we ask patients to rate their experience, with “10” being the highest score possible. In 2018, 26 patients completed the survey.

The people taking care of me helped me get better and do more things by myself.
My family members were included in making decisions about my care.
My therapists/teacher helped me get ready to go back to school after leaving the hospital.

Additional Quality and Safety Measures 

We are always working to improve the safety and quality of the care we provide. In addition to the statistics shown above, in 2018 we measured progress on the following goals: 

Reduce discharges to long-term care facilities

Target: <5% of patients discharged to long-term care
Outcome: 0 patients discharged to long-term care

Improve family satisfaction scores on discharge follow-up survey

Target: >3.80 (higher is better on a scale of 1 to 5)
Outcome: 3.80

Reduce unassisted falls in Inpatient Rehab Unit

Target: <5 falls
Outcome: 4 falls

Where does this data come from?

This data reflects national metrics required by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. We track this data using WeeFIM, an outcomes assessment tool that allows us to compare our results with those of other pediatric inpatient rehabilitation programs around the country.

This data also reflects information collected by our internal quality assurance and improvement programs.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Talk with your child’s doctor or contact the Inpatient Rehabilitation Medicine Program at 206-987-2114.

What Seattle Children’s Measures and Why

We gather this data to: 

  • Measure the health of our patients
  • Improve the quality of the care we provide
  • Help you make informed decisions about your child’s care 

Learn more about outcomes at Seattle Children’s.

Updated April 2019.