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Two questions help determine validity of bed occupancy

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7406.107-c (Published 10 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:107
  1. Irving Cobden, consultant physician (irving.cobden@northumbria-healthcare.nhs.uk)
  1. North Tyneside Hospital, North Shields NE20 8NH

    EDITOR–Alijani et al investigated the appropriateness of surgical bed occupancy and devised a tool to validate it.1 With the current heavy pressure on using acute beds, patient flows must be maintained and doctors be seen to be asking two questions.

    The first is obvious: How sick is …

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