No bed syndrome: Set up bed management system – Dr Anaba

The Executive Director of the African Center for Health Research Policy and Analysis, Dr. Thomas Anaba, is advocating for the establishment of a Bed Control Center in all the major hospitals and health centers in the country to manage available beds.

In a telephone interview monitored by on TV3 on Saturday, where he was contributing to a panel discussion on the no bed syndrome and other issues, he suggested that these centers should have a management to control their day to day activities.

He suggested that management of these centers must be in continuous communication with the National Ambulance Service to coordinate movement of patients in hospitals and other health centers.

He added that these Bed Control Centers should run a developed centralized software so that all authorized personnel could access information as to which hospitals have vacant beds.

“With these centers, we will see a great improvement in addressing the issue of congestion in our hospitals. The national coordination body, which will be the National Ambulance Service, can from time to time link up with these Bed Control Centers to find out where beds are available for them to send patients who need emergency health care service”, he noted.

He also said that emergency patients who have been stabilized should quickly be moved to the main ward to ease congestion in the emergency wards.
He however stressed that, the ultimate solution to the no bed syndrome is to expand hospitals and health centers in the country to accommodate more beds.


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