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Cutting medical bed occupancy is linked to reduced patient mortality in UK hospital, study shows

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4977 (Published 18 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4977
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Lowering medical bed occupancy was associated with reduced patient mortality and improved performance against the four hour emergency department target in one large UK hospital, research published online in the Emergency Medicine Journal shows.1

The researchers acknowledged that the association did not equate to causality and that several factors may have accounted for the findings. But they noted a possible link between overcrowding in the emergency department and poorer patient care, adding that this warranted further research.

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust introduced a 90% medical—as opposed to surgical—bed occupancy target in July 2013. …

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