Research Article

Unblocking beds: a geriatric unit's experience with transferred patients.

Br Med J 1979; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.6191.646 (Published 15 September 1979) Cite this as: Br Med J 1979;2:646
  1. C J McAlpine

    Abstract

    A study was made of all patients admitted to a geriatric unit over several years. The admission policy included a high degree of priority to requests for transfer from acute beds, which resulted in transferred patients accounting for 25% of admissions. Unblocking acute beds did not lead to prolonged delay in admitting patients from the community to the geriatric unit. Almost 30% of beds allocated to transferred patients were recovered in 30 days.