What is bed utilization?
Bed utilization measures how many beds in a healthcare facility are occupied. Ideally, there should be enough beds to accommodate all newly admitted patients. Bed utilization is an especially important metric to track during health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure that all patients who need care can receive treatment.
Why is bed utilization important to healthcare?
Bed utilization is important because it can indicate how effectively a healthcare organization allocates resources and provides care to patients. Healthcare organizations can improve bed utilization by adding capacity and using all the available space in a facility.