It was a common story in the 1970s, but a recent study has confirmed that some providers are forcing patients to sleep on the floor in order to avoid infections and infections-related problems.
The study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, tracked the medical history of more than 1,400 patients who were admitted to hospital between the years 2004 and 2013.
While it’s possible to find patients with beds that aren’t the most comfortable, a study in 2016 found that almost half of the patients admitted to hospitals in the U.S. had beds with “unsuitable beds,” which meant that they were made from hard plastic and felt like a coffin.
This year, another study found that some doctors were refusing to admit patients who have been admitted with “sudden onset” infections, meaning that their condition had become so severe that they could no longer take care of themselves.
“This trend is particularly prevalent among primary care physicians, where beds are the primary place to treat the patient,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Elizabeth Miller, a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
“We wanted to get a sense of how common it is in this type of patient, and to look at how we might mitigate that.”
Miller and her team looked at all the medical records of 1,848 patients admitted from January 2015 to January 2016 to see how many beds were being used.
The average bed used by these patients was 8 feet, with the most commonly used beds being 10 feet, 13 feet, and 18 feet.
“Our analysis showed that the percentage of beds that were made with soft, soft, or soft-core material, with or without a pillow, was very similar to the percentage used by other healthcare providers,” Miller said.
She explained that this type for beds is common in hospitals, where people often sleep in rooms with mattresses, so they often don’t have enough room to move around in.
“It’s a bit ironic that this is one of the first areas of healthcare that we have to adjust to, where the bed is a common place to have a bed, and not a place where the patient can actually move around and have access to the bed.”
The study found a correlation between the bed-making process and other hospital complications, such as chest pain, pneumonia, and sepsis, which Miller said is likely due to how the beds are laid out.
“There are other causes for those complications, but for us, that’s the biggest issue,” Miller explained.
She added that although beds are typically used to reduce infection rates, they also pose risks for the patient.
“If you are sitting in your bed with a fever, you are less likely to get to a hospital.
If you have a cold, you’re less likely a patient to be admitted to a medical facility because of that,” she said.
In the case of sepsi, the patient is likely to be transferred to the hospital in the first place because they might not be able to get off the bed.
“The risk of septicemia is even higher if you have the infection in the bed,” Miller added.
The researchers also found that the bed could be a potential source of infection for people who have previously been admitted to the emergency room, and they also saw a correlation with the number of beds.
“For those patients, the bed may have become an area where they might have an increased risk of transmission,” Miller noted.
“These are the people who might be the most vulnerable.”
The researchers found that when patients with pneumonia or sepsia were admitted in the emergency department, bed-makers were also responsible for the increased risk.
The authors found that, in some cases, beds with soft mattresses were used for these patients, while others had beds made of soft or hard foam, and the rest were made of non-standard materials.
“In general, the more we found this pattern, the higher the risk of infection, the greater the likelihood that bed-building might have contributed to that outcome,” Miller concluded.
The findings come at a time when the U:N.
has been trying to push hospitals to reduce their use of beds, and it’s a trend that could be especially concerning for patients with severe infections, such in those with MRSA and HIV.
“Although it’s certainly a concern, it’s also a very positive thing that we’re starting to see,” Miller told The Verge.
“With the emergence of these infections, we are seeing a lot of patients who need to be isolated in the hospital.
That means a lot more intensive care units and intensive care beds.”