bed blocker


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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.
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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.
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.
I WANT to complain about the doctors who called premature babies bed blockers.
He rejected the claims, saying delayed discharges had dropped by 21 per cent since Labour came to power, with around 5,117 bed blockers counted during 2001.
He said: "We do not want any bed blockers over Christmas because we are expecting patients to crowd in from Boxing Day onwards.
We have an Assembly that can always find money for asylumseekers, and can even pull pounds 13m out of the hat to bail out the white elephant down the Bay, but can't afford to build a few nursing homes for the bed blockers, causing queues of ambulances outside main hospitals.
The worst affected is Wrexham Maelor Hospital with 96 bed blockers recorded in July -the latest figures available.