Around 300,000 children are born in Australia each year, and about 70% of these births take place in public hospitals. The data presented here relate to women who had a vaginal or caesarean delivery without complications and who stayed one or more nights.
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Average length of stay for selected conditions
These pages present length of stay information for a selected group of conditions and procedures. These conditions were chosen by a group of clinical experts and patient representatives to provide a mix of high volume surgical and medical conditions. Conditions and procedures are identified using the Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Group (AR-DRG) system.
Patient record systems are based around a patient's episode of care, a technical term for a period in hospital that ends in patient discharge, death, transfer to another hospital or a change in the type of care received e.g. from receiving surgery to replace an arthritic knee (acute care) to being transferred to part of the hospital that provides rehabilitation care. The end of an episode of care is referred to as a 'separation'. For the purposes of reporting average length of stay, episodes of care are referred to as 'stays'.
These pages present the following length of stay information:
Total number of stays: the total number of episodes of care for this AR-DRG
Percentage of overnight stays: the percentage of episodes of care for this AR-DRG that had a stay of one or more nights in hospital
Number of overnight stays: the number of episodes of care for one or more nights
Total overnight patient bed days: the sum of all bed days for patients who stayed one or more nights for this condition or procedure
Average length of stay: this is the average (mean) length of stay (in days) for patients who stayed one or more nights for this condition or procedure
Comparison to peer group: for each AR-DRG, this figure compares the average length of stay for this hospital to the average length of stay of all similar hospitals (its peer group). This provides context for this hospital's average length of stay by contrasting it to the most comparable group of public hospitals.
Information is presented for financial years starting 1 July and ending 30 June.
Calculation of measures
The number of patient bed days divided by the number of stays, for each AR-DRG.
This measure only includes acute stays where the patient was not transferred to another health care facility within two days. Stays where the patient died are excluded. In addition, a small number of exceptionally long stays were excluded using statistical methods.
To see more about this measure view the data specification for this indicator on Australia's metadata online registry, METeOR.