Table 1Hospitalizations related to meningitis compared to hospitalizations for all conditions, 2006

Meningitis-related hospital stays*Hospital stays for all conditions
Number of hospital stays72,00030,142,300
Mean length of stay, days9.15.1
Mean hospital cost$17,100$9,900
Aggregate costs$1.2 billion$297.6 billion
Mean age34.258.1
Percentage male51.4%46.4%
Percentage admitted through the emergency department67.4%55.7%
Percentage died in hospital3.7%2.6%

Based on all-listed diagnoses.

Stays for neonates and maternal conditions have been excluded.

Source: AHRQ, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2006.

From: Meningitis-Related Hospitalizations in the United States, 2006

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