On the Impact of Shortages of Hospital Beds: an Obscure Reference to Queueing Theory and Modeling (BBC News / Healthcare Delivery Systems)

Summary

Commentary, discovered merely in passing:

“ …studies of hospital management have demonstrated how, when there are few spare hospital beds, even very modest further reductions in the number of free beds can dramatically increase the likelihood of any given patient being caught in a hospital backlog, which can lead to significant delays in care”.

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Cook, C. (2017). NHS England makes slight improvement. London: BBC Newsnight / BBC Health News, January 16th 2017.

This relates to:

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Reference

Green, L. [and] Yih, Y. (2011). Queueing theory and modeling. In: Handbook of healthcare delivery systems, 1-16.

Caution: May contain complex mathematical analyses.

Further background and BBC analysis:

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Pym, H. (2017). Fewer beds, higher patient demand – NHS pressure mounts. London: BBC Health News, January 20th 2017.