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A severe injury sometimes requires a hospital stay, which may or may not involve surgery. According to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the injuries that most often require a hospital stay include:

  • Fractures. Hip fractures topped the list, followed by fractures in the legs, pelvis, ribs, and spine. Together, these accounted for nearly 40 percent of injury-related hospital stays. The average hospital stay for a major fracture was five to six days, but the rate of death in the hospital from these injuries was quite low – less than two percent.
  • Traumatic brain injuries. Severe brain injuries also accounted for a large percentage of injury-related hospital stays. Swelling in the brain was often a major concern. The rate of death in-hospital for these patients is just above ten percent, one of the highest rates for injuries that require hospitalization.
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