bed blocker


Also found in: Idioms.

bed blocker

A generic NHS term that has several slightly different definitions:
(1) A patient who uses a hospital bed for a long period of time because of chronic illness that requires skilled nursing, thus blocking use of that bed by other patients, especially by those with more acute disease;
(2) A patient requiring extended care—but not a skilled nursing bed—who nonetheless occupies an acute care bed that should be used by patients needing skilled nursing;
(3) A patient who has been approved for discharge from inpatient care, but has no alternative facility to which he or she can go.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
St James's is Ireland's top bed blocker blackspot with delayed discharge patients occupying 100 beds.
DEBBIE JOHNSON is a former Daily Post journalist and writer Behind every bed blocker is a human being - a mother or father or grandparent
I would like to say how upsetting the recent article about bed blockers was to older people and their relatives who are, or have been, caught in the bed block trap.
Toby Lewis, chief executive of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust added: "Every patient under our care needs care and we never use the term bed blockers to describe those people.
And the long-standing problem of bed blockers appears to have been largely dealt with--although perhaps temporarily.
In truth, these bed blockers were increasingly likely to be replaced by similar frail old patients.
Now the hospital has said much of the difficulty has been caused by bed blockers - patients who are well enough to leave, but who have no care plan for their return to the community.
The largest number of bed blockers is among the nine hospitals run by the Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust which has remained constant at between 110 to 120 each month for the past year.
The rise in the number of patients stuck in hospital unnecessarily, or socalled bed blockers, was revealed in official NHS figures.
We were called bed blockers now we will be called job blockers
It serves as a vital tool for rehabilitation, reducing the number of bed blockers as well as serving as a centre for minor ailments and minor surgery for local GP practices.
We hear a lot about the pressures and strains on the National Health Service and waiting lists and bed blockers and so on.