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Westmead Hospital

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Length of stay in hospital

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 2016–17, there were a total of 665 stays at this hospital for cellulitis, of which 65% were overnight stays. The average length of overnight stays at this hospital was 3.2 days, compared to its national peer group performance of 2.9 days.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2016–17 433 3.2 days 2.9 days 1,391
2015–16 429 2.7 days 3.0 days 1,163
2014–15 486 3.0 days 3.1 days 1,446
2013–14 413 3.4 days 3.2 days 1,408
2012–13 304 2.9 days 3.4 days 867
2011–12 309 3.5 days 3.5 days 1,079

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 2016–17, there were a total of 412 stays at this hospital for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (without complications), of which 87% were overnight stays. The average length of overnight stays at this hospital was 4.6 days, compared to its national peer group performance of 3.9 days.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2016–17 358 4.6 days 3.9 days 1,648
2015–16 326 4.2 days 4.0 days 1,355
2014–15 287 4.0 days 4.2 days 1,162
2013–14 300 4.4 days 4.4 days 1,324
2012–13 296 3.7 days 4.5 days 1,097
2011–12 293 4.4 days 4.8 days 1,277

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

In 2016–17, there were a total of 212 stays at this hospital for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (with complications), of which 99% were overnight stays. The average length of overnight stays at this hospital was 8.1 days, compared to its national peer group performance of 6.6 days.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2016–17 209 8.1 days 6.6 days 1,688
2015–16 277 6.9 days 6.8 days 1,902
2014–15 320 7.8 days 7.2 days 2,494
2013–14 258 8.5 days 7.6 days 2,199
2012–13 289 7.0 days 7.8 days 2,033
2011–12 184 7.1 days 8.4 days 1,308

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 2016–17, there were a total of 348 stays at this hospital for heart failure (without complications), of which 91% were overnight stays. The average length of overnight stays at this hospital was 4.1 days, compared to its national peer group performance of 4.1 days.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2016–17 318 4.1 days 4.1 days 1,301
2015–16 288 3.9 days 4.0 days 1,113
2014–15 259 3.9 days 4.1 days 1,011
2013–14 238 4.3 days 4.4 days 1,028
2012–13 252 4.3 days 4.6 days 1,080
2011–12 301 4.9 days 4.8 days 1,486

Heart failure (with complications): average length of stay

In 2016–17, there were a total of 247 stays at this hospital for heart failure (with complications), of which 100% were overnight stays. The average length of overnight stays at this hospital was 8.1 days, compared to its national peer group performance of 8.1 days.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2016–17 246 8.1 days 8.1 days 1,985
2015–16 256 7.6 days 8.2 days 1,934
2014–15 240 8.3 days 8.5 days 1,991
2013–14 170 8.9 days 8.9 days 1,507
2012–13 204 8.5 days 9.1 days 1,734
2011–12 151 9.8 days 9.6 days 1,486

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 2016–17, there were a total of 483 stays at this hospital for kidney and urinary tract infections (without complications), of which 65% were overnight stays. The average length of overnight stays at this hospital was 2.7 days, compared to its national peer group performance of 2.4 days.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2016–17 314 2.7 days 2.4 days 835
2015–16 260 2.5 days 2.5 days 652
2014–15 322 2.4 days 2.6 days 784
2013–14 301 2.9 days 2.7 days 875
2012–13 289 2.9 days 2.8 days 830
2011–12 341 3.4 days 3.0 days 1,169

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

In 2016–17, there were a total of 185 stays at this hospital for kidney and urinary tract infections (with complications), of which 99% were overnight stays. The average length of overnight stays at this hospital was 5.9 days, compared to its national peer group performance of 5.9 days.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2016–17 183 5.9 days 5.9 days 1,080
2015–16 263 5.2 days 5.9 days 1,361
2014–15 332 6.2 days 6.4 days 2,047
2013–14 272 6.1 days 6.6 days 1,665
2012–13 258 6.4 days 7.1 days 1,653
2011–12 179 7.8 days 7.3 days 1,399