Hospitalizations for Children with Influenza and Skin Infections Increased in the Last Decade
AHRQ News and Numbers, August 10, 2011
Influenza increased dramatically as a major cause of hospitalizations for children age 17 and under, climbing from 65th in the ranking of reasons why children go to the hospital to 10th in 2009. Skin infections increased from the 13th most common condition in 2000 to 7th in 2009, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Other findings reported by the Federal agency on hospital stays for children age 17 or younger:
- Pneumonia, asthma, and acute bronchitis were the most common conditions that required hospital care in 2009, followed by mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder).
- Children represented one out of every six hospital stays, and total hospital charges for children were $33.6 billion, or 9 percent of total hospital costs in 2009. About 72 percent of children in hospitals were newborns and infants under 1 year.
- Compared with all hospitalizations in 2009, a child's average hospital stay was shorter (3.8 days versus 4.6 days) and less expensive ($5,200 versus $9,200).
This AHRQ News and Numbers summary is based on data from Statistical Brief #118: Hospital Stays for Children, 2009. The report uses data from the Agency's Kids' Inpatient Database and Nationwide Inpatient Sample. For information about these AHRQ databases, go to http://www.ahrq.gov/data/hcup/datahcup.htm.
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