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Reported April 1, 2014

Hospital’s Occupancy ‘Tipping Point’

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A German study has pinpointed a hospital’s occupancy “tipping point” at which care begins to deteriorate at 92.5 percent.

Researchers at the University of Cologne studied mortality rates and occupancy data from 83 German hospitals, and found the mortality began to increase when the occupancy reached 92.5 percent of total occupancy. They found 17.4 percent of patients in their data had been in a hospital when this point had been reached, which raised their chances of dying in the hospital. Hospitals generally only assign enough staff to deal with an average level of occupancy, a situation researchers blame for the “tipping point” effect. They say one in seven deaths at hospitals could have been avoided if occupancy levels had remained low.

For more information, go to: http://www.portal.uni-koeln.de/3963.html?&L=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=4295&cHash=b6026b7bd62fe1bf287f12c4dfd08b1f

SOURCE: Management Science, March 2014

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