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Olean General's FIM scores are above national average

Posted on: 02/23/2010

Olean General Hospital patients who require post-surgical rehabilitation are being discharged far sooner and at a higher functional level than the national average, according to independent benchmark results.

Because of Olean General’s highly individualized rehabilitation services in its 15-bed Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Unit, inpatients are discharged nearly a week earlier and with better motor and cognitive performance.

The national average for a post-surgical rehabilitation hospital stay is 21 days for knee and hip replacement patients.

“At Olean General those same inpatients are fully rehabbed and discharged in 14 days, on average,” said Harriet Nevil, RN, Manager of the Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Unit.

The Functional Independence Measure (FIM) is a nationally accepted scale used to measure the functional abilities of inpatients undergoing rehabilitation, said Nevil.

The FIM is an 18-item scale designed to be sensitive to change in an individual over the course of their comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation, said Cathleen Wright, RN, DNS, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Olean General Hospital. 

“This 18-point scale monitors performance levels such as walking, eating and dressing, and other aspects such as mood and cognitive function,”  Dr. Wright added.

“By following the FIM ordinal scale and closely monitoring our inpatients to meet all their needs, we’ve clearly proven the level of high-quality care Olean General Hospital provides,” Dr. Wright said.

Nevil described Olean General’s patient scores in comparison to national averages.

“As a point of reference, a healthy patient who doesn’t need rehabilitation has a perfect score of 134. The national average score for a patient discharged following rehabilitation treatment is 75.  At Olean General, though, our patients are discharged with an average score of 95. This means our post-surgical rehabilitation inpatients are receiving some of the best care possible when compared to similar-sized hospitals,” said Nevil.

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