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Hospital bed transfer risks infection

5th October 2010

Data gathered by the Nursing Times has revealed that many thousands of patients are being transferred to and from different hospital wards.


The movement of "hundreds of thousands" of patients increased the danger of infections and had no "clinical justification" said the Nursing Times.

The data showed that patients were often moved from bed to bed because of overcrowded wards and were often admitted to unsuitable wards, and then moved on.

It has been proved that transferring patients from bed to bed can increase the risk of infection.

The data analysis revealed that approximately 1.3 million bed transfers occur annually for "non-clinical reasons".

The data suggested that one in 10 patients could be impacted by bed transfers.

Eighty-eight trusts replied to Nursing Times request for information about bed transfers.

Royal College of Nursing emergency care adviser Alan Dobson told Nursing Times hospitals were having problems admitting patients to the right wards because of the high demand for beds.

Mr Dobson said: “Bed occupancy should be about 85% to enable good patient care. Most hospitals are running at about 95% and sometimes it is at over 100%."

"Patients are often moved around the hospital for non-clinical reasons and it’s unacceptable. If you are transferring patients lots of times you are moving bugs around the hospital."

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Article Information

Title: Hospital bed transfer risks infection
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 16274
Date Added: 5th Oct 2010


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