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UCLA Receives Six UC Health Quality Grants to Improve Hospital Care
Date:7/15/2011

ved a grant of $375,000 to develop educational programs for health professionals and to expand the use of the "5Ps" program to other UCLA hospitals and UC medical centers.

Getting patients back on their feet

Stroke patients spend a long time in the hospital. At UCLA, the average patient stays for 18 days, from onset through rehabilitation. Other patients recovering from critical illnesses may stay even longer. All these extended stays result in dramatic muscle weakening -- a loss of about 1 percent of muscle mass each day while on bed rest -- underscoring the need to boost exercise programs to help patients recover. But many patients, due to lack of motivation, don't benefit from exercise programs, and when they do exercise, it's often not enough. A team headed by Dr. Bruce Dobkin, a UCLA professor of clinical neurology, received a $50,000 grant to create a program that involves the use a network of wireless sensors and a special exercise bike that can fit in a bed or on the floor. The program will allow health professionals to monitor activity in the hospital and at home, provide instant feedback to patients, and gather information to design more effective rehabilitative exercise programs. The sensors include accelerometers, developed by faculty at UCLA's Wireless Health Institute, that a patient can wear comfortably, and mathematical algorithms are used to interpret the type, quantity and quality of daily activities.

Improving care following hospital discharge

The transition between hospital and outpatient settings is a particularly vulnerable time for patients, as their condition is at risk of deteriorating shortly after they exit the hospital doors. In fact, about one-fifth of Medicare patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days, with half of those readmissions considered preventable. By bringing together teams from different clinical sites to improve processes and learn from each other, patient care can be en
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