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The 'optimum' number of beds in a coronary care unit


  • Sissouras, A. A.
  • Moores, B


A study of the Coronary Care Services provided in the community of Salford has been underway now for more than 3 years. The effects of the introduction of a mobile cardiac ambulance on the community and the hospital are being investigated. This paper reports on one important issue stemming from the present study namely how many beds a CCU ought to develop according to medical and operational criteria. On the one hand an excess of beds results in under-utilisation whilst on the other a lack of beds results in the treatment of some patients in the CCU being truncated.

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  • Sissouras, A. A. & Moores, B, 1976. "The 'optimum' number of beds in a coronary care unit," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 4(1), pages 59-65.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jomega:v:4:y:1976:i:1:p:59-65

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