Rehabilitation Health Outcomes
Patient abilities, mobility and independence are measured on admission to Darwin Private Hospital and again on discharge so that we can measure the improvement made. Patients demonstrate improvement in their abilities, mobility and independence after treatment at Darwin Private Hospital. We use the FIM™ (Functional Independence Measure) to measure the success of rehabilitation. This is an established scale, used worldwide.
Improvement in patient abilities will depend on factors such as patient age, severity of condition on admission and other medical problems such as diabetes or dementia. The patients and medical conditions in areas such as Darwin are different to the patients and medical conditions in other parts of Australia. The graphs below show some of these factors.
This chart shows that patients at Darwin Private Hospital are younger on average than patients in other private hospitals.
This chart shows that fewer orthopaedic fracture patients and hip, knee and shoulder replacements at Darwin Private Hospital have severe impairments on admission than patients in other Australian private hospitals.
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Orthopaedic Fracture Rehabilitation
This graph shows the average improvement in patients at Darwin Private Hospital following rehabilitation after a broken bone. The dark coloured bar shows patient abilities on admission and the pale coloured bar shows that these abilities have improved on discharge. Rehabilitation patients at Darwin Private Hospital have higher scores on both admission and discharge than patients in other Australian private hospitals. This is to be expected as fewer patients have very severe impairments on admission.
Rehabilitation for Hip, Knee or Shoulder Replacement
This graph shows the average improvement in patients at Darwin Private Hospital following rehabilitation after a hip, knee or shoulder replacement. The dark coloured bar shows patient abilities on admission and the pale bar shows that these abilities have increased on discharge. Rehabilitation patients at Darwin Private Hospital achieve outcomes slightly higher than those of patients in other Australian private hospitals.
What we are doing to continually improve our patients’ rehabilitation
- Individual and group therapy – individualised therapy time which may include practising tasks of daily living
- Multi-disciplinary team assesses and works with patient to set and meet goals.
- Use of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) to improve strength and function in stroke patients
- Depression screening for all stroke patients (if depressed not able to participate fully in rehabilitation)
- Swallowing and speech/language therapy by Speech Pathologists