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High‐dependency care: findings of a prospective needs assessment study

High‐dependency care: findings of a prospective needs assessment study Aims to determine the bed requirement for a large district general hospital with a four‐bedded surgical high‐dependency unit (HDU). All admissions from 1 December 1997 to 28 February 1998 (aged over 15 years) were used in this study. Overall, the study showed that an estimated 1.6 per cent of adult, in‐patient admissions required HDU care (there were 10,949 admissions to the hospital during the study period). The bed occupancy for the surgical HDU during the study period was 90 per cent (319 actual bed days/356 potential bed days). The average length of stay was four days. The mean, median and modal daily bed requirement was six. The needs assessment study clearly demonstrated that it was essential for the Trust to provide more comprehensive care to a wider range of patients than was currently available in the hospital, particularly those with serious medical conditions, and recommended the provision of an eight‐bedded HDU. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png British Journal of Clinical Governance Emerald Publishing

High‐dependency care: findings of a prospective needs assessment study

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1466-4100
DOI
10.1108/14664100110400714
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Abstract

Aims to determine the bed requirement for a large district general hospital with a four‐bedded surgical high‐dependency unit (HDU). All admissions from 1 December 1997 to 28 February 1998 (aged over 15 years) were used in this study. Overall, the study showed that an estimated 1.6 per cent of adult, in‐patient admissions required HDU care (there were 10,949 admissions to the hospital during the study period). The bed occupancy for the surgical HDU during the study period was 90 per cent (319 actual bed days/356 potential bed days). The average length of stay was four days. The mean, median and modal daily bed requirement was six. The needs assessment study clearly demonstrated that it was essential for the Trust to provide more comprehensive care to a wider range of patients than was currently available in the hospital, particularly those with serious medical conditions, and recommended the provision of an eight‐bedded HDU.

Journal

British Journal of Clinical GovernanceEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 1, 2001

Keywords: Health care; National Health Service

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