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Anemia or Iron Deficiency

Data are for the U.S.

Emergency department visits

  • Number of visits to emergency departments with anemia as the primary hospital discharge diagnosis: 237,000

Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2011 Emergency Department Summary Tables. Table 26 [PDF - 1.1 MB]

Assisted living and other residential care

  • Percent of residents with anemia: 9.6%

Source: 2010 NSRCF Data Dictionary: Resident Public-Use File [PDF - 369 KB]

Hospital inpatient care

  • Number of discharges with anemia as first-listed diagnosis: 392,000
  • Average length of stay: 4.1 days

Source: National Hospital Discharge Survey: 2010 table, Average length of stay and days of care – Number and rate of discharges by first-listed diagnostic categories [PDF - 58 KB]


  • Number of deaths: 4,894
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 1.5

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2013, tables 10, 11 [PDF - 1.5 MB]