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Hospital Utilization(in non-Federal short-stay hospitals)


Data are for the U.S.

Hospital inpatient care

  • Number of discharges: 35.1 million
  • Discharges per 10,000 population: 1,139.6
  • Average length of stay in days: 4.8

Source: National Hospital Discharge Survey: 2010 table, Number and rate of hospital discharges [PDF - 46 KB]

Hospital outpatient department care

  • Number of outpatient department visits: 100.7 million
  • Outpatient visits per 100 persons: 33.2

Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2010 Outpatient Department Summary Tables, table 1 [PDF - 330 KB]

Hospital emergency department care

  • Number of emergency department visits: 129.8 million
  • Emergency department visits per 100 persons: 42.8
  • Number of emergency department visits resulting in hospital admission: 17.2 million
  • Number of emergency department visits resulting in admission to critical care unit: 2.1 million

Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2010 Emergency Department Summary Tables, tables 1, 24 [PDF - 481 KB]

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