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CIHI: Updated Data on Hospital Stays, Inpatient Surgeries in Canada

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The most common reason for hospitalization in Canada in 2019–2020 was giving birth, with an average length of stay of 2.2 days. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has released updated data on hospital stays and inpatient surgeries in Canada. Key findings include:

  • In 2019–2020, there were over 3 million acute inpatient hospitalizations in Canada. After adjusting for differences in age, sex and population growth, the hospitalization rate was 7,699 per 100,000 in 2019–2020, down 4.4% from 8,054 per 100,000 in 2015–2016.
  • The age-adjusted average length of stay (LOS) in hospital has remained stable over recent years and was 7.0 days in 2019–2020.
  • The most common reason for hospitalization in 2019–2020 was giving birth, with an average acute LOS of 2.2 days. This was followed by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bronchitis (7.1 days) and acute myocardial infarction (4.9 days).
  • The most common inpatient surgery in Canada in 2019–2020 was a Caesarean section (C-section), with an average acute LOS of 2.9 days. This was followed by knee replacement (3.0 days) and hip replacement (5.6 days).

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