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How long is the average stay in the ICU?

Deb Cordes
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
The Intesive Care Unit  (ICU) is an area of the hospital reserved for patients who are very sick and require specialized treatment. The nurses and physicians who care for patients in ICU are specially trained to care for very sick patients. Because every patient is different and responds differently the average stay varies. The average length of stay for a patient in the ICU depends on how sick they are and how well they respond to medical treatment.
 Dr. Cathy Provins-Churbock, PhD
Critical Care Medicine

The average length of stay in an ICU varies depending on many things including but not limited to: type of ICU, patient diagnosis, patient complications, etc.

Average length of stay is an indicator that many regulatory agencies are encouraging hospitals to monitor and decrease. This information is often accessible on the internet.

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