Letters Emergency readmissions

Non-clinical bed management strategies in psychiatry

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3889 (Published 27 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3889
  1. Shubulade M Smith, clinical senior lecturer1,
  2. Daniel Herlihy, ST5 psychiatry2
  1. 1Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, London SE5 8AF
  2. 2STEP Team, London SE5 8BB
  1. Shubulade.smith{at}kcl.ac.uk

    Financial pressures leading to early discharge affect not only general hospitals.1 To reduce costly admissions to the private sector, psychiatric intensive care units (PICUs) have implemented bed management strategies that identify patients who pose the least risk (relative to the other patients) of deterioration in mental state, assault, absconding, and self harm. They are then transferred to a general ward …

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