Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, May 11th, 2003
Over the past 3 decades, the average length of a hospital stay dropped for all patients, except children, with the most dramatic decrease experienced by elderly patients, whose hospital stay in 2001 (5.8 days) was less than half of what it had been in 1970 (12.6 days).
In 2001, most inpatients stayed in the hospital for 3 days or fewer, 27% stayed for 4-7 days, and only 16% stayed longer than a week, according to a new report, "2001 National Hospital Discharge Survey," from the U.S. Centers for...
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