bed blocking

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bed blocking

The inability to use a designated hospital bed to admit a new patient, because the bed’s current occupant cannot be discharged.
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The topic of discharging and transporting patients in a timely manner to maintain flow and prevent bed blockage in the post anaesthetic care unit has been discussed on numerous occasions.
And today he is expected to announce that about pounds 65million will target "bed blockage", where patients no longer needing hospital treatment are kept in wards because alternative care is not available.
Cuts to social care has meant older and frail people who end up in hospital become harder to discharge to be looked after at home, causing bed blockages that have knock-on effects for A&Es who then can't discharge people to full wards.
The hospital has set up a rapid response team which can swoop on the medical unit and quickly treat and discharge patients to home or into more appropriate care, preventing bed blockages, and a ``buddies'' scheme where volunteers take patients home from hospital.