|The Importance of Bed Occupancy Rate in Evaluate The Utilization of Hospitals|
|Marzieh Marahem1, Magid Seyedghodraty2, Haleh Farzin3, Dawood Agamohammadi4, Ömür Erçelen5|
|1Department Medicine Physiology, Tabriz University of medical sciences, Tabriz,Iran
2Department of Medicine Physiology,Imam Reza Hospital - Tabriz University of Medical Sciences,Tabriz,Iran
3Department of Anesthesiology, Tabriz University of medical sciences, Tabriz,Iran
4Department of anesthesiology, Tabriz university of medical sciences, Tabriz, Iran
5American Hospital, Medical Director/Chief Physician, Istanbul, Turkey
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Keywords : Bed occupancy rate, Hospital bed, Health costs,length of stay
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Hospitals are the most important component of the health system in developing countries. It plays an effective role in health society with purpose promoting and improving health. Bed occupancy rate has the most important parameter to evaluate the utilization of hospitals. In recent decades, the efforts for reducing bed numbers and increasing the usage by patients along with reducing the length of stay and improving the admission process can have an impact on improving hospital performance, which result in lower cost for hospital by rising hospital bed occupancy rate. In scientifically-managed hospitals, bed occupancy rates range from 84 to 85 percent according to international standards. Studies showed that there were a direct relationship between hospital bed occupancy rate and incidence of hospital infection and mental illness in hospital staff and increased the use of antidepressants Therefore, Hospital administrators and politicians can provide recommendations and practical solutions for optimal use of hospital resources and prevention of wasted costs, promoting community health.
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