Bed blockers: a study on the elderly patients in a teaching hospital in India

Kumar, P.N.; Shinge, N. and Parameshwar, S, (2010) Bed blockers: a study on the elderly patients in a teaching hospital in India. Online Journal of Health andAllied Sciences, 9 (1). ISSN 0972-5997

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Abstract

A cross-sectional study of in-patients over the age of 60 years was conducted at district McGann Hospital, Shimoga on patients who were classified as bed blockers. Level of dependency and cognitive function of these patients were assessed using Barthel scale and Abbreviated mental test (AMT) respectively. Median age of the study population was 67 years; majority of them were men. Most of them were admitted in the medical ward and the median time to be labeled as bed blocker was 32 days. These bed blockers were a weak group of patients with an average 3.1 pathology per case. Majority of them suffered from neurological disorders and cardiovascular disease. High level of dependence was noted with a mean Barthel score of 29.68 (Range 0 -100). Low levels of cognitive function was also noted among these patients with a mean AMT of 4.76 (Range 0 -10).These findings demonstrate that the bed blockers in McGann hospital suffer not only from genuine health problems but also have a high dependency level in activities of daily living which hamper their discharge to the community. Community based rehabilitation using an intersectoral approach may help at least the less dependent to return home.

EPrint Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Bed blockers, Barthel score, Abbreviated mental test, Elderly Patients, Teaching Hospital, Medical Ward
Subjects:-Journal Repositories > Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences
Health Care Facilities, Manpower, and Services > Health Services
Persons > Patients
Persons > Age Groups > Adult
Health Care Facilities, Manpower, and Services > Health Facilities
ID Code:3552
Deposited By:Dr Srinivas Kakkilaya
Deposited On:21 September 2010

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