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5/19/2016 at 1:01:34 PM GMT
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How to calculate hospital length of stay
What is the correct way to calculate hospital length of stay?  Is it by the actual hours or the calendar dates?  There was a patient that came in and went to the ER to OR then home in the facility for a total of 8 hours, but the actual d/c time was after midnight, should it be 8 hours which would be counted as 1 day or 2 days according to the calendar?  In the NTDB book I didn't see a clear definition like they have for total ICU and vent time. My confusion is partially because ED length of stay is calculated by the hours in the ER and not calendar days.  Our registry software is calculating by calendar days and I don't know if that is correct since it extends the hospital length of stay.


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