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Occupancy Rate Unacceptably High

Landspítali National University Hospital

Landspítali University Hospital. Photo: Sverrir H. Geirmundsson.

The bed occupancy rate at Landspítali University Hospitality is well above acceptable international levels, Vísir reports. The benchmark occupancy rate at Landspítali and all comparable hospitals world-wide is 85 percent. In November, however, that rate has been 100 percent at the hospital as a whole, and as high as 102-110 percent in certain units.

The problem is not new. In 2012, the occupancy rate for the hospital as a whole was 95 percent at this time of year, and exceeded 97 percent at all the hospital’s emergency rooms. Thus, the situation is clearly deteriorating. Some patients are given beds in hospital hallways, and the high occupancy rate is accompanied by less service and a higher risk of infection.

The benchmark occupancy rate in emergency rooms is 85 percent to ensure availability. That benchmark rate is 60 percent in intensive care units.

Landspítali Director Páll Matthíasson has stressed that the 85 percent rate is needed to make it possible to react to serious illnesses and accidents in an adequate way.

In 2012, the main reason for the high occupancy rate was dozens of patients waiting to be admitted to nursing homes. Such is still the case, and for years, Landspítali officials have emphasized the need to make it possible for such patients to return home or to a place where they can receive appropriate care.

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