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.