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High occupancy rates in Swiss hospitals increase the risk of death

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New study shows

High occupancy rates in Swiss hospitals increase the risk of death

As hospital bed occupancy increases, so does the risk of death. This is shown by a new study by the University of Basel. Depending on the size of the hospital, the threshold above which things become critical differs significantly.


According to a new study, mortality increases from a certain occupancy of hospital beds. (archive image)

According to a new study, when hospital beds are full, mortality increases by two percent per day – sometimes significantly before the full bed capacity is reached. Small hospitals are particularly affected.

For the study, researchers from the University of Basel evaluated the data of almost 1.2 million patients from 102 Swiss hospitals, according to a press release from the university on Monday. This with the aim of investigating the connection between bed occupancy and the 14-day mortality rate in hospitals.

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