The 'optimum' number of beds in a coronary care unit
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.
Volume (Year): 4 (1976)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
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