Every minute of every day, an average of 40 people arrive at Accident and Emergency departments in England.1 A&E attendances each year are increasing – 7% over the last five years2 and the complexity of the problems they have may be rising.
A&E departments have constant interactions with other parts of the hospital, for example, to request diagnostic tests and to transfer patients to beds in other parts of the hospital. A&E performance is therefore dependent on processes and capacity in other hospital departments, as well as other parts of the health and care system.
One of the clearest indications of the link between A&E waiting times and hospital bed occupancy is the number of patients who experience ‘trolley waits’ – ie, a long wait between a decision to admit the patient in A&E and the patient actually being admitted to a hospital bed.3
To help manage pressures within A&E Departments, the option of rental provides quick and easy access to equipment whilst only paying for what you use. Arjo Rental can provide access to bed frames and A&E trolleys 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
1. QualityWatch Focus on: A&E attendances
2. QualityWatch Winter pressures: what’s going on behind the scenes?
3. https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/projects/urgent-emergency-care/urgent-and-emergency-care-mythbusters [Accessed 21 August 2019]