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An available bed is a bed which is immediately available to be used by an admitted patient or resident if required. A bed is immediately available for use if it is located in a suitable place for care and where nursing and auxiliary staff are available, either immediately or within a reasonable period.

Inclusions: both occupied and unoccupied beds are included. For nursing homes, the number of approved beds includes beds approved for respite care.

Exclusions: surgical tables, recovery trolleys, delivery beds, cots for normal neonates, emergency stretchers/ beds not normally authorised or funded and beds designated for same-day non-admitted patient care are excluded. Beds in wards which were closed for any reason (except weekend closures for beds / wards staffed and available on weekdays only) are also excluded.

Source Publication:
OECD Health Data 2001: A Comparative Analysis of 30 Countries, OECD, Paris, 2001, data sources, definitions and methods.

Cross References:
In-patient care beds, total

Statistical Theme: Health statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Thursday, February 26, 2004