In 2016, there were 134,000 sickle cell disease (SCD)-related inpatient hospital stays. Over three-fourths of these stays involved a pain crisis. Half of all SCD-related stays were for patients 18-34 years old, and nearly 90 percent were for Black patients. From 2000 to 2014, the number of SCD-related stays increased most for adults older than 64 years. Costs of hospital stays specifically for sickle cell disease totaled $811.4 million in 2016, with an average length of stay of five days. One-third of stays for SCD had a 30-day readmission, compared with 12.5 percent of non-SCD-related stays.
- Source: AHRQ, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief #251, Characteristics of Inpatient Hospital Stays Involving Sickle Cell Disease, 2000-2016.