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RCS-E - Rehabilitation Complexity Scale Extended

The Rehabilitation Complexity Scale Extended (RCS-E) provides a simple overall measure of Care, Nursing, Therapy, Medical and Equipment needs, and is designed to offer crude banding of complexity.

The RCS-E is useful, timely to complete and a good indication of caseload and is part of the minimum dataset for neurological units.

The RCS-E (version 12) is a 20 point measure:

  • C: Basic care needs or R: Risk 0-4
  • N: Special nursing needs 0-3
  • M: Medical needs 0-3
  • T: Therapy needs 0-8
  • E: Equipment 0-2

The RCS-E (version 13) is a 22 point measure:

  • C: Basic care needs or R: Risk 0-4
  • N: Special nursing needs 0-4
  • M: Medical needs 0-4
  • T: Therapy needs 0-8
  • E: Equipment 0-2

The RCS-ET (Version 13 Trauma) is a 25 point measure:

  • M: Medical needs 0-6
  • C: Basic care needs or R: Risk 0-4
  • N: Special nursing needs 0-4
  • T: Therapy needs 0-8
  • E: Equipment 0-3

The RCS-EA (Version 13 Acute) is a 25 point measure:

  • M: Medical needs 0-6
  • C: Basic care needs or R: Risk 0-4
  • N: Special nursing needs 0-4
  • T: Therapy needs 0-8
  • E: Equipment 0-3

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For information regarding the next RCS, Nursing & Therapy Dependency (Outcome Measures) Training Day please contact Elica Ming-Brown.

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