Bed occupancy rates and hospital-acquired infections--should beds be kept empty?

  title={Bed occupancy rates and hospital-acquired infections--should beds be kept empty?},
  author={Klaus Kaier and Nico T. Mutters and Uwe Frank},
  journal={Clinical microbiology and infection : the official publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases},
  volume={18 10},
There is growing evidence that bed occupancy (BO) rates, overcrowding and understaffing influence the spread of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). In this article, a systematic review of the literature is presented, summarizing the evidence on the adverse effects of high BO rates and overcrowding in hospitals on the incidence of HAIs. A Pubmed database search identified 179 references, of which 44 were considered to be potentially relevant for full-text review. The majority (62.9%) focused on… CONTINUE READING
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