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UDSMR’s AlphaFIM® instrument provides a consistent method of assessing patient disability and functional status in the acute care hospital. The AlphaFIM® instrument can help you obtain expected FIM™ ratings, evaluate expected discharge status, and project expected minutes of care. AlphaFIM® ratings can be used to assign a probable discharge disposition from the acute care setting and can be converted to expected minutes of care, which help staff and family members understand a patient’s resource needs for performing activities of daily living.

The AlphaFIM® instrument is administered within the first 72 hours of admission. Additional assessments may be performed throughout the acute hospital stay and prior to discharge. The AlphaFIM® instrument uses only those FIM™ items that can be collected reliably in the acute care setting. The AlphaFIM® instrument can be used on two types of patients:
  1. Patient Type A: A patient who has not been observed to walk at least 150 feet will be rated using the six FIM™ items Eating, Grooming, Bowel Management, Transfers: Toilet, Expression, and Memory.
  2. Patient Type B: A patient who has been observed to walk at least 150 feet will be rated using FIM™ items Locomotion: Walk; Transfers: Bed, Chair; Bowel Management; Transfers: Toilet; Expression; and Memory.
The first type of patient (type A) is markedly disabled, as exemplified by a patient in an acute care hospital, including the intensive care unit. The second type of patient (type B) is a person who has been observed to walk 150 feet, requiring no more walking help than moderate assistance.

The AlphaFIM® instrument is an Internet-based product that enables clinicians to estimate both a patient’s functional independence and the amount of assistance the patient needs to perform daily activities. The AlphaFIM® instrument helps turn data into valuable information that healthcare professionals can share as a patient is transferred from an acute care hospital to a rehabilitation program. It is certain to become an essential tool for clinicians as they manage patients across the continuum of care.