Average length of stay by diagnosis
Why we measure it - We realize the importance of not having a child stay in the hospital any longer than necessary. The average time a child is in the hospital depends on many factors including the seriousness of the illness or injury. Medical therapies can have a significant impact on recovery and length of hospital stay.
What this means - Patients at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin have a shorter length of stay for major larynx and trachea procedures, a one day length of stay for tonsil and adenoid procedures and a slightly longer length of stay for sinus and mastoid procedures compared to our competitors.
About the data - This graph shows the average number of days a child stays at Children's Hospital before going home, by diagnosis, compared to Pediatric Hospital Information System peers. PHIS hospitals represent other leading freestanding pediatric hospitals.
Related dimensions of care:
- We have pediatric-trained anesthesiologists and an excellent Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. This helps us achieve better outcomes than our peers.
- We offer a special long-term follow-up clinic for children with serious conditions to identify any problems as early as possible and provide support as necessary.
- Our highly trained nursing staff members operate our outpatient surgery unit. They keep things running smoothly, anticipate parents' questions and provide education to parents on what to look for and how to take care of their child at home.
- We assign two dedicated nurses to care for our tracheostomy patients. They are involved in the initial patient evaluation, assist with surgery and coordinate the child's needs for long-term follow-up care. A discharge coordinator helps arrange for nursing care in the home after surgery.
We provide a nurse call line so parents have reassurance they can reach a nurse or doctor with any questions or concerns. Parents can call (414) 266-7514 during clinic hours (9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays) and a nurse will call back within two hours. After hours or on weekends and holidays, parents can call (414) 805-3666 and ask for the otolaryngology doctor on call.