What is it about?
Doctors are often asked to make input into bed calculations but are often not provided with the necessary background to the potential flaws in such calculations. A simple method is presented which allows both inter- and intra-national comparison of bed numbers which are sensitive to both population age structure and the role of nearness-to-death in medical bed demand. Local adjustment will be required to account for the additional demand arising for hospitals servicing more deprived populations.
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Why is it important?
If you get the bed number calculations wrong then you inflict institutionalized inefficiency, patient harm and delays to admission upon the hospital.
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This page is a summary of: A simple method to validate medical bed number calculations, European Journal of Internal Medicine, September 2021, Elsevier,
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