Table 2Average length of newborn hospital stays and hospital costs by selected clinical outcomes, 2011

OutcomesCountPercentAverage length of stay (days)Average hospital costs (U.S. $)Aggregated hospital costs (millions U.S. $)
All live hospital births3,800,000100.03.43,20012,200
Preterm321,9008.514.321,5006,900
Low birth weight231,9006.117.727,2006,200
 Weight less than 1500g49,3001.342.676,7003,700
 Weight greater than or equal to 1500g181,5004.810.914,0002,500
Respiratory distress syndrome75,1002.031.355,0004,100
Died after birth10,9000.37.428,600300

Note: The categories for preterm, low birth weight, and respiratory distress syndrome overlap and are not mutually exclusive.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS)

From: Hospital Stays for Newborns, 2011

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