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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]

Persons with overnight stays

  • Percent of persons with overnight hospital stays: 7.6%

Source: Summary Health Statistics for the U.S. Population: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, Appendix III, table XIV [PDF - 1 MB]

Outpatient department visits

  • Number of outpatient department visits: 125.7 million
  • Outpatient visits per 100 persons: 41.0

Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2011 Outpatient Department Summary Tables, table 1 [PDF - 330 KB]

Emergency department visits

  • Number of emergency department visits: 136.3 million
  • Emergency department visits per 100 persons: 44.5
  • Number of emergency department visits resulting in hospital admission: 16.2 million
  • Number of emergency department visits resulting in admission to critical care unit: 2.1 million

Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2011 Emergency Department Summary Tables. Tables 1, 24 [PDF - 1.1 MB]

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