Table 1Overview of hospital stays resulting from exposure to excessive heat and cold due to weather conditions, 2005

Heat-related stays*Cold-related stays*Stays not related to heat or cold
Number of stays6,2006,50039.1 million
Mean length of stay3.26.74.6
Aggregate costs$38.7 million$81.5 million$315.8 billion
Cost per stay$6,200$12,500$8,100
Cost per day$1,900$1,900$1,800
Mean age54 years59 years47 years
Percent admitted from the ED81.677.642.5
Percent died at the hospital2.910.52.1
Rates per 100,000 population
Age
 0–17 years0.40.59,568.3
 18–44 years1.61.38,855.9
 45–64 years2.62.711,883.4
 65+ years6.07.636,342.8
Gender
 Females1.11.810,656.6
 Males3.22.615,737.9
Region
 Northeast1.73.714,154.9
 Midwest1.42.213,687.7
 South3.11.614,018.9
 West1.41.910,888.8
*

Excessive heat and cold exposure due to weather conditions were identified by all-listed ICD-9-CM external cause of injury codes (E codes).

Source: AHRQ, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2005.

Excessive heat and cold exposure due to weather conditions were identified by all-listed ICD-9-CM external cause of injury codes (E codes).

From: Hospital Stays Resulting from Excessive Heat and Cold Exposure Due to Weather Conditions in U.S. Community Hospitals, 2005

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