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Health Authorities On Access To Timely Medical Care
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Health Authorities On Access To Timely Medical Care
By Catherine B. Nyenkan

MONROVIA, January 11(LINA) - A Ministry of Health 2016 Service Availability and Readiness Assessment (SARA) report has revealed that timely access to safe medical care remains a major concern for Liberia’s health authorities.

The report said the need for timely admission to an appropriate ward of patients taken into emergency departments or for booked surgery cannot be over emphasized.

The SARA report released recently states that hospital bed occupancy rates have been proposed as a measure that reflects the ability of a hospital to properly care for patients.

According to the report, high bed occupancy rates have shown to be associated with greater risks of hospital-associated infection, access block due to free services and have a negative impact on staff health.

"Bed occupancy rates do seem to influence expected performance for inpatient care and therefore is an important measure in hospital management statistics as an operational target and measure of quality," the report noted.


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