Sumary of ICU admission, multispecialty care, other factors extend pediatric neurology hospital stay:
- They included data from patients aged younger than 19 years who were admitted to a tertiary care children’s hospital with a principal neurologic diagnosis between January 2017 and July 2019. They excluded from the analysis patients with scheduled admissions and hospital admissions that lasted longer than 30 days.
- Seizure (n = 942) represented the most common reason for admission, followed by headache (n = 161), other neurologic diagnosis (n = 121) and psychiatric disorders/functional neurologic disorder (n = 60).
- Roliz and colleagues reported an average length of stay of 2.8±5 days for unplanned admissions, 4.5±7.4 days for 7-day readmissions and 5.2±7.5 days for 30-day readmissions among children admitted to the hospital for a neurologic condition.
- They noted a correlation between prolonged length of stay and increased hospital costs and pediatric ICU admission, multispecialty care, 7- and 30-day readmission, multiple antiseizure medications and psychiatric disorders/functional neurologic disorders.