Table 1

‚ÄÉTrends in hospital episode statistics (HES) from1998/9 to 2003/4 for ICD10 code J44 (COPD with acute lower respiratory tract infection/exacerbation/unspecified)

HES year(starting April)Finished consultant episodesAdmissionsMenEmergencyMean length of stay (days)ElectiveBed days*
*Methodology changes make the number of bed days in the year starting 2003 inconsistent with previous years.
2003163480105600830369959010.016831046371
200214054193373718488794210.31283944835
200113525292049699688699910.41263941216
200012711689730672318472110.41285918174
199912950195039684878969210.21132953393
199812504793019672638754910.41108952495