Information on care for patients aged 85 years and over in public and private hospitals for the period 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015, and comparative information for the previous 10 years.
In 2014–15, people aged 85 and over (2% of the total population) accounted for 7% (690,658) of all hospital separations
The total number of separations for patients aged 85 and over almost doubled, 359,472 in 2005–06 to 690,658 in 2014–15
The average length of stay for overnight separations for patients aged 85 and over was 8.4 days
Forty two per cent (287,933) of separations for patients aged 85 years and over were same-day separations in 2014–15
This spotlight report looks at the admitted patient (see Box 1) care provided for the oldest of patients in Australian hospitals in 2014–15. It presents information on the amount of activity there was for patients aged 85 years and over and how this has changed over time. It includes information on who used the hospital services, the length of stay in hospital, the overall type of care provided, the types of conditions patients received care for, the type of procedures undergone by the patients, and who funded the hospital stay.
More information on admitted patient care in Australian hospitals can be found in Admitted patient care 2014–15: Australian hospital statistics.
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