Inpatient Rehabilitation: 7B

CHKD understands that children have very special needs as patients. The Inpatient Rehabilitation, 7B, is an eight-bed unit specializing in the care of patients from infancy to adolescence/early adulthood with acute rehabilitative needs due to a variety of causes. An interdisciplinary approach provides quality patient care to meet the physical, emotional, social, developmental and educational needs of the patients and their families.

Children in rehabilitation require more than equipment that's sized to meet their smaller bodies – they need a team who can make the hard work of rehab feel like play, while understanding not only the developing body but also the developing mind and how one affects the other. Children who need inpatient rehabilitation at CHKD are cared for by people who are experts in this field, and who always strive to promote family-centered care.

Patients admitted to the rehab service are in a state of stable health and able to tolerate three hours of therapy. Dressed in street clothes, and with nursing support, these patients attend various therapy sessions throughout the day. While maintaining proficiencies in general medical/surgical nursing care, the nursing staff on this unique unit often care for patients with the following conditions:

Patients with Traumatic Injuries

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Motor vehicle accidents

Patients with sequalae from illness

  • DKA
  • Encephalitis
  • Herpes
  • Meningitis

Patients with feeding disorders

  • Oral aversion
  • Dysphagia

Patients with neurological disorders (acquired and congenital)

  • Cerebral palsy
  • CVA
  • Brain tumors

Patients requiring deconditioning

  • Prolonged ICU stay
  • Extensive orthopedic surgeries

The child-friendly, non-threatening, “outer space” décor on this unit helps lessen the patient’s anxiety about being away from home, while providing the staff with an inviting work environment. The space hallway provides incentive to encourage patients to walk/wheel toward their goals. A large common room provides a space where patients eat, receive therapy, experience art and music, interact with therapy dogs and continue working on life skills and independence with the use of the Wii and Smartboard.

With an experienced leadership team and a dedicated and expert education team, the nursing personnel on this unit have the tools they need to deliver the best care while helping to reintegrate patients to their homes and communities.

All nurses joining the rehab staff, whether new to CHKD or new to the profession, receive an individualized hands-on orientation with a preceptor, lasting from six to eight weeks. Both classroom and bedside experiences provide the training and education needed to succeed on the rehab team. Come make this unit your work home!