Average unadjusted length of stay by diagnosis

Why we measure it - We realize the importance of discharging a child from the hospital as soon as possible. The average time a child is in the hospital depends on many factors including how serious the illness or injury. Medical therapies can have a significant impact on recovery and length of hospital stay.

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What this means - Children's Hospital has a lower average length of stay for certain diagnoses compared to our PHIS peers while providing the highest quality of care as demonstrated by our survival rates.

About the data - The graph reflects the average number of days a child stays at Children's Hospital after surgery, depending on the diagnosis, compared to Pediatric Hospital Information System peers. PHIS hospitals represent other leading free-standing pediatric hospitals.

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How we provide the best care

  • Our goal is to manage scoliosis without surgery. However, when surgery is needed, orthopedic surgeons at Children's Hospital use the most advanced techniques, including a fairly new procedure that dramatically reduces recovery time from months to days.
  • We use the Ponseti casting technique to treat clubfoot, which shows better long-term outcomes while in most cases avoiding surgery.
  • We have a pediatric orthopedic nurse clinician who coordinates inpatient stays, discharge planning and follow-up clinic visits.
  • Our orthopedic staff members are heavily involved in clinical research which includes improving ways of mapping the spine to monitor scoliosis without using X-rays and using growth modulation devices to correct scoliosis without fusion.
  • We hold a surgical support group every other month for children needing scoliosis surgery. A multidisciplinary medical team offers information about the surgery and what to expect while in the hospital, and past surgical patients talk about their experiences. The meeting is followed by a tour of the surgery area and a patient room.