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This is a statistical report based on data abstracted by the Hospital Discharge Survey from 1965. It provides information on hospital discharges, days of care, and average length of stay distributed on the basis of age, sex, color, and marital status. An estimated 29.1 million patients were discharged from shortstay hospitals during 1965; the average (mean) length of stay was 7.8 days; half of the patients were discharged in four days or less. Remarkably, "over 97 percent of the patients were discharged alive."
Utilization of Short-Stay Hospitals.. Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(6):584. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640060098044