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Time spent in hospitals and emergency departments

Length of stay for selected medical conditions

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin and underlying tissue, which is usually treated with antibiotics. The data presented here relate to patients who stayed one or more nights for cellulitis without complications.

Cellulitis: average length of stay

In 2013–14, there were a total of 52 stays for cellulitis, of which 98% were overnight stays.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2013–14 51 3.4 days 4.0 days 172
2012–13 26 2.6 days 3.9 days 68
2011–12 52 3.7 days 4.2 days 190
2010–11 52 3.5 days 4.3 days 184
2009–10 48 4.0 days 4.1 days 193

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease characterised by narrowing of the airways and reduced lung volume. This condition is commonly caused by smoking or other lung irritants, and includes diagnoses such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The data presented here relate to patients who stayed one or more nights for COPD without and with complications.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (without complications): average length of stay

In 2013–14, there were a total of 40 stays for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (without complications), of which 95% were overnight stays.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2013–14 38 5.1 days 4.8 days 194
2012–13 39 5.7 days 5.0 days 221
2011–12 55 5.4 days 5.2 days 299
2010–11 69 5.7 days 5.3 days 396
2009–10 43 6.2 days 5.4 days 268

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (with complications): average length of stay

In 2013–14, there were a total of 13 stays for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (with complications), of which 100% were overnight stays.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
In 2009–2011 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.
2013–14 13 10.7 days 8.2 days 139
2012–13 16 11.9 days 8.6 days 190
2011–12 13 11.1 days 9.0 days 144
2010–11 <5 - 10.0 days <5
2009–10 <5 - 9.1 days <5

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (with complications)

In 2009–2011 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.

Heart failure is a chronic heart condition that occurs when the heart is unable to provide sufficient pressure to maintain blood flow around the body. It includes cardiac shock, which occurs when blood flow to vital organs is inadequate for normal function. The data presented here relate to patients who stayed one or more nights for heart failure without and with complications.

Heart failure (without complications): average length of stay

In 2013–14, there were a total of 27 stays for heart failure (without complications), of which 96% were overnight stays.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2013–14 26 4.3 days 5.1 days 113
2012–13 35 5.9 days 5.3 days 206
2011–12 61 6.1 days 5.6 days 373
2010–11 44 6.9 days 5.7 days 304
2009–10 42 8.4 days 5.9 days 352

Heart failure (with complications): average length of stay

In 2013–14, there were a total of 16 stays for heart failure (with complications), of which 100% were overnight stays.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
In 2009–10 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.
2013–14 16 12.6 days 9.3 days 201
2012–13 14 13.1 days 9.9 days 183
2011–12 23 13.7 days 10.7 days 314
2010–11 12 9.9 days 11.3 days 119
2009–10 9 - 10.8 days -

Heart failure (with complications)

In 2009–10 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.

Kidney and urinary tract infections occur frequently but can occasionally be severe enough to require treatment in hospital. The data presented here relate to those patients who stayed one or more nights for kidney and urinary tract infections without and with complications.

Kidney and urinary tract infections (without complications): average length of stay

In 2013–14, there were a total of 33 stays for kidney and urinary tract infections (without complications), of which 100% were overnight stays.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2013–14 33 3.4 days 3.2 days 113
2012–13 27 3.7 days 3.3 days 99
2011–12 52 3.2 days 3.6 days 165
2010–11 44 3.7 days 3.5 days 162
2009–10 20 3.2 days 3.8 days 64

Kidney and urinary tract infections (with complications): average length of stay

In 2013–14, there were a total of 20 stays for kidney and urinary tract infections (with complications), of which 100% were overnight stays.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
In 2012–13 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.
In 2009–2011 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.
2013–14 20 9.3 days 6.7 days 186
2012–13 8 - 7.2 days -
2011–12 14 8.2 days 7.8 days 115
2010–11 7 - 7.7 days -
2009–10 5 - 8.4 days -

Kidney and urinary tract infections (with complications)

In 2009–2011 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.

In 2012–13 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.