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Better integration could cut elderly patient bed days by 2.3 million a year, says King’s Fund

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5434 (Published 10 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5434
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Hospitals in England would need 7000 fewer emergency beds if all hospitals reduced their rate of admission and average length of stay for the over-65s to the same levels as those of the best performing hospitals, shows a report by the healthcare think tank the King’s Fund.1

The report says that 2.3 million fewer bed days would be needed each year if all hospitals performed as well as those in the top quarter of primary care trust areas. Freeing up these beds would save £462m (€590m; $720m) a year, which could be reinvested in community and primary care services.

Every year there are two million unplanned admissions of patients aged over 65, …

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