In 2018, almost 12,000 Canadian children and youth age 17 and younger were readmitted to hospital within 30 days of their initial hospitalization. According to the latest information published by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), 60% of these pediatric patients were age 4 and younger. These numbers were consistent over the previous 6 years.
The top 3 reasons for pediatric readmissions were pneumonia and respiratory tract infections, digestive conditions, and complications following procedures. The data also shows that the average length of hospital stay for pediatric readmissions was typically short: approximately 50% of readmitted patients stayed in hospital for 1 or 2 days. In comparison, 35% of readmitted adults age 18 to 64 and 20% of readmitted seniors 65 and older stayed in hospital for 1 or 2 days.
This information is featured in CIHI’s Your Health System, an interactive health system performance web tool. Today’s release of Your Health System also includes updated results for 24 health indicators on topics such as patient safety, quality of long-term care, health expenditures and more.
CIHI is also releasing 2018–2019 data on emergency department (ED) visits — including information for those age 17 and under — in their National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS) Emergency Department Quick Stats and interactive web tool. Their data includes more than 15 million ED visits that took place in 2018–2019, representing 84% of ED visits across Canada. For the first time, Quebec data is included this year.