How is average daily census calculated?
To calculate NICU Days, we are counting whether a NICU bed was occupied by an infant at the end of the day (at 23:59 PM) on any day in 2022 (total number of patient days are based on admission year, not birth year!). The following examples all contribute 2 days to the total NICU days:
- admitted on 1/1/2022 and discharged on 1/3/2022
- admitted on 12/30/2022 and discharged on 1/4/2023
- admitted on 12/30/2021 and discharged on 1/3/2022
For the total NICU days to be captured correctly from the ANAD, discharge dates for all infants who were admitted in 2021 and discharged must be entered. Also discharge dates for all infants born in 2022 and discharged in 2022 must be entered. If infants born in 2022 are discharged in 2023, these infants' contribution to total NICU days in 2022 will be stopped with 12/31/2022 (i.e., the 2023 days are not included, see examples above).