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
Especially in earlier years, significant numbers of de facto long-term patients--the notorious "bed blockers"--occupied acute care beds for extended periods of time.
It is just a snapshot of the horrifying problems facing the whole country - A&Es bulging at the seams, chronic bed and staff shortages, and high numbers of elderly "bed blockers" due to a lack of funding for social care.
But he praised the NHS for working to reduce the number of beds taken up by so-called bed blockers - people who are well enough to be sent home but are stuck in hospital beds - also known as delayed transfers of care (DTOC).
This would give Coventry a good saving, which could be to put towards building an annex to take the bed blockers out of our hospital and release up the beds to enable more patients waiting operation to be cleared through the system.
They are not "bed blockers" - that makes it sound as if they have a choice.
Currently, the majority of patients who require LTPAC are cared for in an acute-care hospital occupying beds dedicated for acute cases, thus becoming bed blockers in public hospitals for extended periods of time.
The Sandwell and West Birmingham Trust, which runs City Hospital and Sandwell Hospital, also forked out PS2,223,000 in March 2013- 14 due to bed blockers. This was up from PS1,745,000 the year before.
The one-time Apprentice contestant added she had had emails from nurses about bed blockers, which she said meant "people that are dumped in hospital".
And she said they were working hard to make sure the Easter period was not as bad as last winter, including trying to get rid of as many "bed blockers" as possible.
HOW annoying to refer to elderly people as "bed blockers" (Respect and dignity needed, Feedback, 13.02.15) when they are unable to be discharged from hospital.