The hospital bed: on its way out?

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Simon Mackenzie

Position
Health Foundation Quality Improvement Fellow,
Organisation
Health Foundation and IHI
Comment date
21 March 2013
It is known that high bed occupancy diminishes quality of care, increases stress for staff and increases waiting times. The safe level depends on variation, but one problem with midnight bed occupancy as generally reported is that it does not reflect the true pressure during the day.

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