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QuickStats: Average Number of Days of Hospital Stay, by Age Group --- United States, 1980--2004

During 1980--2004, the average length of a hospital stay declined significantly to 5.4 days for those aged 65--74 years, 5.7 days for those aged 75--84 years, and 5.8 days for those aged >85 years. The average stay for patients aged <65 years was 4.3 days in 2004.

SOURCE: 1980--2004 National Hospital Discharge Survey annual data files. Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/hdasd/nhds.htm.



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