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Author Coid, J. ♦ Crome, P.
Source British Medical Journal (The BMJ)
Content type Text
Publisher British Medical Journal Publishing Group
File Format HTM / HTML
Language English
Abstract A point prevalence survey of all acute beds in the Bromley district found that more than one in 10 patients were classified by their doctors as bed blockers (one in five in the medical wards). There were appreciable clinical and demographic differences distinguishing bed blockers from patients whose stay had been prolonged and who were judged as still requiring acute beds. Social and administrative problems also contributed to bed blocking so that further action by geriatricians, psychogeriatricians, and social workers was required to reduce the numbers. A substantial proportion of bed blockers, however, were highly dependent and could be transferred only to long stay wards or nursing homes. Bed blocking seems inevitable in wards that are attempting to cope with the steadily increasing proportion of elderly patients according to traditional models of acute care.
Description Citation Reference: British Medical Journal (Clinical Research Ed.)
ISSN 02670623
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1986-05-10
e-ISSN 14685833
Journal British Medical Journal (The BMJ)
Volume Number 292
Issue Number 6530
Page Count 4
Starting Page 1253
Ending Page 1256


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Source: British Medical Journal (The BMJ)