Adding New Hospital Beds Speeds Ambulance Times

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Adding New Hospital Beds Speeds Ambulance Times

Postby five_alarm » Thu Jul 13, 2006 1:17 pm

INTERNATIONAL - By increasing their ICU bed capacity, hospitals can reduce patient risk brought on by ambulance diversions, while increasing hospital revenues, a new U.S. study finds. Ambulance diversion occurs when ambulance crews call ahead to a hospital, announcing that they have a patient on the way - only to be told by the hospital that all beds are full. The ambulance crew must then find, and drive to, another hospital that has a free bed. In a study published in the July 12 online issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine, researchers at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland...
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