Average length of stay

Quality and Outcomes Reports - Emergency Medicine

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 Emergency Department depends on many factors including how serious the illness or injury is.

Length of stay

What this means - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin keeps the length of stay in the Emergency Department low.

About the data - The graph shows the average number of hours a child stays in the Emergency Department before being sent home or admitted to the hospital.

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How we provide the best care

  • Doctors and nurses have worked together to develop high-quality care guidelines for common problems in the Emergency Department. These guidelines are developed by looking at the latest evidence for care and helps us as we are trying to reduce time spent in the hospital.
  • We place our patients into open rooms whenever we can to help shorten the length of time in the Emergency Department and to make sure our patients and families are as comfortable as possible.
  • Our computer-based system safely notifies nursing staff, lab, and X-ray technicians that treatments, tests and results are ready for each child. This helps our entire team to work together for the best and safest care for all of our patients.

Family accommodations

Families traveling from long distances are encouraged to use our Family Accommodations Program to make travel arrangements and coordinate appointments. Children's Hospital has partnered with non-profit organizations like Ronald McDonald House to offer comfortable, "home away from home" accommodations. Local hotel chains on our referral list also offer discounts for patient families.