delayed discharge

delayed discharge

An NHS term for the continued occupation of a hospital bed after an inpatient’s ready-for-discharge date during the same episode of inpatient care, which occurs when a discharge from hospital/significant facility in the UK has been approved—e.g., the patient no longer requires acute medical care and is clinically ready to move to a more appropriate setting (patient’s home, nursing home, etc.)—but cannot for various reasons. 

Reasons for delayed discharge
Social care, healthcare, or patient/carer/family-related reasons.
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Working with boards there has been a real focus in recent years on making accident and emergency departments as streamlined as possible, and reducing delayed discharge further along the chain.
DELAYED discharge patients are taking up 430 beds in Dublin hospitals, forcing the bed blocker issue to crisis point.
Delayed discharge occurs when someone is physically able to leave hospital, but has nowhere to go or no one to look after them.
She said it was a huge shame they could shut at a time when it was revealed that hospitals in Anglesey and Gwynedd lost 5,984 bed days due to delayed discharge last year.
Delayed discharge is also associated with increased post discharge pain (Wong et al 2000).
For example, delayed discharge from acute rehabilitation following SCI due to the lack of wheelchair accessible housing is costly to the individual and the rehabilitation hospital.
Figures show 511,972 bed days were occupied by delayed discharge patients between September last year and August.
Scotland is leading the way in developing the most accurate information on delayed discharge from hospital, Health Secretary Shona Robison has said.
These delayed discharge days cost the NHS an estimated PS11.
In a joint statement, Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Calderdale CCG chiefs Carol McKenna and Dr Matt Walsh said: "There is a great deal of worK taKing place across health and social care to looK at the issue of delayed discharge from hospital and bring about improvements.
A Daily Post Freedom of Information request has revealed Mersey Care, which provides mental health services to people in Liverpool, Sefton and parts of Knowsley, lost nearly 18,988 bed days during 2009 at its inpatient wards because of bed blocking - also called delayed discharge.
We can have anything from 15-20 beds at a time taken up because of delayed discharge.