The content on this page is being archived for historic and reference purposes only. The content, links, and pdfs are no longer maintained and might be outdated.
QuickStats: Average Length of Hospital* Stay, by Diagnostic Category --- United States, 2003
* Only hospitals with an average length of stay of <30 days for all patients (including mental hospitals) and general hospitals or children's general hospitals
are included in the survey. Federal, military, and Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, hospital units of institutions (e.g., prison hospitals), and hospitals
with fewer than six beds staffed for patient use are excluded.
>1 million hospital discharges. International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification
(ICD-9-CM). ICD-9-CM codes for psychoses 290--299; malignant neoplasm 140--208, 230--234; pneumonia 480--486; fractures 800--829; heart disease 391--392.0, 393--398, 402, 404, 410--416, 420--429; and delivery V27.
In 2003, patients in six diagnostic categories had
>1 million hospital discharges. The categories were heart disease
(4.4 million), delivery (4.0 million), psychoses (1.6 million), pneumonia (1.4 million), malignant neoplasms (1.3 million),
and fractures (1.1 million). The average length of hospital stay for patients with these diagnoses ranged from 2.6 days for deliveries to 8.0 days for psychoses.
SOURCE: DeFrances CJ, Hall MJ, Podgornik MN. 2003 National Hospital Discharge Survey. Advance data from
Vital and Health Statistics; no. 359. Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, National Center
for Health Statistics; 2005. Available at
Use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services.References to non-CDC sites on the Internet are
provided as a service to MMWR readers and do not constitute or imply
endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services. CDC is not responsible for the content
of pages found at these sites. URL addresses listed in MMWR were current as of
the date of publication.
All MMWR HTML versions of articles are electronic conversions from ASCII text
into HTML. This conversion may have resulted in character translation or format errors in the HTML version.
Users should not rely on this HTML document, but are referred to the electronic PDF version and/or
the original MMWR paper copy for the official text, figures, and tables.
An original paper copy of this issue can be obtained from the Superintendent of Documents,
U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, DC 20402-9371; telephone: (202) 512-1800.
Contact GPO for current prices.
**Questions or messages regarding errors in formatting should be addressed to