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Improving functional capabilities of children and adolescents with spinal cord injuries in Oklahoma

Funder: Craig H Neilsen Foundation

Funding period
USD 36 K
Funding amount
Improving Functional Capabilities of Children and Adolescents with Spinal Cord Injury in Oklahoma: The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital is a licensed, sub-acute level, 160-bed hospital providing inpatient and outpatient medical and rehabilitative services to children and adolescents in Oklahoma and surrounding states. The Hospital fulfills an important role within the healthcare infrastructure of the state and region by providing the types of advanced, specialized pediatric medical care that helps children transition from intensive hospital care to successfully living at home.

The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital provides Oklahoma’s only pediatric-focused inpatient care for children who suffer traumatic injuries, typically brain and/or spinal cord injuries (SCI). Most of these children and teenagers are admitted directly from Trauma One, which is Oklahoma’s only Level One trauma center in downtown Oklahoma City. We usually have 15-20 patients per year with SCI, but this number continues to grow.

The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital wholeheartedly shares the core values of Excellence, Leadership, Accountability, Innovation and Collaboration with the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. Through enhanced rehabilitation resources and support, we will create an environment for patients with SCI to be involved in making decisions about their care from the beginning of their inpatient rehabilitation stay. Patients will have a specialized room set up for them with equipment and technology available from the first day. Grant funds will be used to purchase an autonoME hospital environmental control unit that will allow a patient with limited functional control of their extremities to easily control their environment through voice activation or single-switch input. The autonoME will allow patients to independently call for their nurse, have control of their hospital bed, open/close the bathroom door in their room, and turn on/off the lights in their room. We would be the first facility in the state of Oklahoma with this system.

To provide greater independence and more opportunities for our patients with SCI, grant funds also will be used to purchase an Amazon Echo with a designated iPad, an additional voice-activated tablet PC with Grid 23 software, and a versatile rolling floor stand for communication devices and for positioning devices over beds, sofas, recliners or wheelchairs.

Expected outcomes: Patients will demonstrate independence with controlling their television within one week of admission. Patients will independently call for nursing assistance within one day of admission. Patients and families will receive training, education, and experience utilizing environmental control units during their rehab stay that can be available in the residential setting after discharge. Increased or improved functional capabilities, greater self-esteem and well-being, and more opportunities for our patients with SCI.

(CHN: COandI chn:wdg)
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    1110 Nursing

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    Injury (total) Accidents/Adverse Effects

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    Spinal Cord Injury

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