Average Length of Stay (Injury to Home)

The overall length of stay (LOS) from the date of injury to the definitive date of discharge to home for persons admitted to the RSCICDV from 2006 to 2010 was 69 days. For all persons admitted within 72 hours of injury, the average LOS was 41 days versus 92 days for persons who were admitted after 72 hours. Therefore, the patient who is admitted "early" returns to the community an average of 50 days sooner than one who is admitted "late." Conservatively estimating costs at $3,000 per day/per patient, this is approximately $150,000 in cost savings per patient.

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