Hospital Bed

A Hospital Bed includes any device that may be used to permit a PATIENT to lie down when the need to do so is as a consequence of the PATIENT's condition rather than the need for active intervention such as examination, diagnostic investigation, manipulation/treatment, or transport. Cots should be included in statistics about Hospital Beds where appropriate.

It should be noted that:

Hospital Beds may be reserved and unavailable for a variety of reasons, including when they are vacated by PATIENTS who are on Home Leave.

A Hospital Bed vacated by a PATIENT while on Home Leave or Mental Health Leave of Absence for 28 days or less, or with a current period of Absence Without Leave of 28 days or less, may be recorded as reserved and not available because of Home Leave, Mental Health Leave of Absence or Absence Without Leave.

However, if a Hospital Bed that is reserved for whatever reason is occupied by another PATIENT it should be recorded as available and occupied.

Hospital Beds may be used sometimes by healthy PERSONS accompanying a PATIENT. When this occurs the Hospital Bed should be recorded as unavailable because it is being used by a healthy PERSON.