* Is High or Low Best: Higher is Better
Patient Days per Staffed Bed measures the total number of patient days managed by a healthcare facility in relation to the total number of staffed beds operated by the facility at the same point in time. A relatively low value for this metric is typically related to a few common factors, including highly manual (i.e., error and rework prone) healthcare facility processes and procedures (e.g., patient medication tracking, patient monitoring, medical history gathering, etc. practices that are almost entirely managed through manual labor), overstaffing of one or more healthcare facility departments, general inefficiencies within healthcare facility processes (e.g., inefficient gathering of patient medical histories, poor diagnosis of symptoms and patient issue severity, etc.), and sub-par healthcare facility employee training and performance. While a low value for this metric is preferred, this should also be balanced with the level of service being provided to patients, as the quality of the services may impact patient satisfaction, the length of the patient's stay in the healthcare facility, and the patient's mortality.
The total number of patient days managed by a healthcare facility divided by the number of staffed beds operated by the facility at the same point in time.
Two values are used to calculate this KPI: (1) the total number of patient days managed by a healthcare facility, and (2) the number of staffed beds operated by the facility at the same point in time. A patient day is considered to be a unit of time during which the services of a healthcare facility is being used by a patient. Patient days begin at midnight and ends 24 hours later. A part of a patient day, including the day of admission, counts as a full patient day. The day of discharge or death is not counted as a patient day. A staffed bed should be considered to be a hospital bed which is designed for inpatient or outpatient care. Staffed beds may be allocated from specialty bed complements, borrowed from another specialty/significant facility, or a temporary bed. Include both staffed beds that are currently occupied by a patient as well as those that are not in the denominator.
Total Number of Patient Days Managed / Number of Staffed Beds
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