The inpatient Neuro Specialty Rehabilitation Unit is located within a level I trauma center with access to all the services within the hospital. Physicians and nurses are available 24 hours a day if needed and medical specialists consult on the rehabilitation patients as appropriate. Specialized services available on site include dialysis, radiation/chemo, and hyperbaric treatment.
To be eligible for admission to the inpatient Neuro Specialty Rehabilitation Unit, a patient must be medically stable and require 24-hour medical care and rehabilitation. The patient must also be able to actively participate in an intensive rehabilitation program consisting of approximately three hours of therapy per day and have the ability to achieve the rehabilitation goals in a reasonable period of time. The patient must have limitations related to self-care, mobility, cognition, communication and/or swallowing to qualify for admission. In addition, there must be an anticipated discharge to home following completion of the inpatient rehabilitation program.
Common diagnoses treated in the inpatient rehab unit include:
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic and non-traumatic
- Incomplete/complete at all spinal levels (paraplegia and quadriplegia/tetraplegia)
- Ability to manage complex co-morbidities such as ventilator dependence, renal failure, and large wounds
- Brain injury
- Traumatic and non-traumatic including anoxia
- Multiple fractures
- Neurological disorders
- An interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation specialists is used to provide therapy, treatment, and education according to patients' unique needs.
- Diagnosis specific annual outcome data is available upon request.
The rehabilitation team includes:
- Case management - Coordinates care with the patient's treatment team, the patient and family
- Medical management by a physiatrist - A physician who specializes in physical medicine & rehabilitation
- Medical specialists - Includes neurology, neurosurgery, cardiology, pulmonology, oncology, nephrology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, thoracic surgery and internal medicine
- Neuropsychology/Psychology - Addresses cognitive issues, safety and adjustment to disability/emotional issues
- Nutrition/Dietician - Assists in maintaining optimal nutrition to improve health and strength
- Occupational Therapy - Provides therapy and training to address daily living skills, safety, and strengthening including the use of adaptive equipment as appropriate
- Physical Therapy - Addresses mobility/balance/coordination, safety, strengthening and includes the use of orthotics/prosthetics
- Rehabilitation Nursing - Provides complex rehabilitation nursing, bowel/bladder re-training when needed, skin maintenance, and ensures continuity in training and education
- Respiratory Therapy - Provides therapy and training to improve pulmonary function
- Social Work - Assists in adjustment to illness/injury, coordinates discharge planning and assists with financial issues.
- Speech/Language Pathology - Evaluates and treats issues related to communication, cognition/safety, and swallowing/aspiration.
- Therapeutic Recreation - Assists in community re-entry and participation in leisure activities.
Family involvement and education
Family involvement is an integral part of the rehabilitation process at Intermountain Medical Center's Rehabilitation Center. Beginning with the admission to the inpatient Neuro Specialty Rehabilitation Unit and continuing to discharge, the rehabilitation team develops and implements a treatment plan with the patient and family. Family members are encouraged to attend and actively participate in therapy sessions and to attend education classes.