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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 041528 v1
Data Element
Derived Data Element
The number of beds, chairs or trolleys available at a facility to provide accommodation for same-day patients, averaged over the counting period.
Public hospital establishments
Number of available beds, same-day admitted care
Representational Attributes
Quantitative Value
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Supplementary Values


Collection and Usage Attributes
Average available beds, rounded to the nearest decimal or whole number.

The number of beds, chairs or trolleys available to provide accommodation for same-day patients is recorded. Same-day patients are accommodated in the following ways:

1. Patients occupy a single bed or chair in a single location throughout their stay, e.g. dialysis or chemotherapy chair. In this situation the bed or chair is counted as a bed available for same-day patients.

2. Patients occupy a trolley which is moved to different locations throughout their stay e.g. endoscopy suite, where patients move from the same-day ward to a procedure room, onto a recovery room and back to the same-day ward. In this situation the trolley is counted as a bed available for same-day patients.

3. Same-day patients are accommodated in a general ward after being transferred from another area of the hospital (e.g. Emergency, another ward, etc). In this situation the beds may be counted as either overnight-stay or same-day according to their predominant use.

The number of available same day beds should be collected at least monthly at the same time on the same day. To improve accuracy data could be collected more frequently (e.g. daily) at the same time on each day. More frequent data collection is preferable if a single monthly count is likely to be significantly different from the monthly average.

Inclusions: Both occupied and unoccupied beds are included. Beds, chairs or trolleys available, exclusively or predominantly intended to accommodate same-day admitted care or treatment. This includes day surgery beds, dialysis, chemotherapy, electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) and dental chairs for admitted patients.

Exclusions: Exclude beds, chairs or trolleys designated exclusively for same-day non-admitted patient care or predominantly used by non-admitted patients (e.g. emergency trolleys), medical ambulatory care, discharge lounges for patients who have been formally discharged, medi-hotel beds, hospital-in-the-home, neonatal cots (non-special-care), and beds for overnight-stay patients (even where overnight beds are used for unplanned same-day episodes e.g. patients who die or abscond on the day of admission). No adjustment should be made for contracted services, either provided by, or to this hospital.
Beds exclusively or predominantly for overnight-stay admitted care, beds exclusively or predominantly for same-day admitted care and, if required, non-special-care neonatal cots are to be collected and reported in separate categories. Hospitals should establish clear recording and reporting practices. Criteria should exist to ensure that each available bed is counted once and only once. A bed should first be assessed as available and then categorised to the most appropriate accommodation category. For large hospitals, a reconciliation of the sum of the bed types and an unduplicated facility bed count is advisable.

The assessment of availability must reflect the ability of the hospital to provide the necessary resources, and this can be significantly impacted by seasonal demand or events such as a strike, clinical staff shortage, fire or renovation. This is illustrated by the following examples.

Example 1: A large hospital, which conducts a daily bed count, has a ward containing 20 beds suitably equipped for same-day admitted patient care. The funding for this ward would allow an average of 15 beds to be staffed over the year. Provided demand is constant and there are no circumstances which prevent these beds from being available for patients, such as a strike, clinical staff shortage, fire or renovation, the hospital would report 15 available beds for this ward.

Example 2: A hospital located in a summer holiday area, which conducts monthly bed counts, has 12 beds suitably equipped for same-day admitted patient care. It manages its resources in such a way that 12 beds are fully staffed during the four months from December to March, but only 9 beds are staffed during the remaining eight months from April to November. The annual average number of available beds is the average of the twelve monthly averages - i.e. ((12 beds x 4months) + (9 beds x 8months) divided by 12 counting periods) = 120/12 = 10 beds.

Example 3: A hospital conducts a monthly bed count. Ward A containing 20 beds is closed for six months, for a planned renovation. During this period a temporary 10 bed ward (B) is established and the necessary resources are provided. The annual average number of available beds for Ward A is the average of the twelve counts i.e. (20 beds X 6 months) + (0 beds X 6 months) divided by 12 counting periods = 120/12 = 10 beds. The annual average number of available beds for Ward B is (0 beds X 6 months) + (10 beds X 6 months) divided by 12 counting periods = 60/12 = 5 beds.

Example 4: A 20 bed ward is closed during the first week of June because of a strike, but for the remainder of June it is fully staffed so that all 20 beds are available. So the average number of beds available for this ward in June is ((0 beds X 7 days) + (20 beds X 23 days) divided by 30 counting periods) = 460/30 = 15.3.
This data element is necessary to provide an indicator of the availability and type of service for a facility.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

Related Metadata References_IR

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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
SupersedesData ElementData ElementEstablishment-number of available beds for admitted patients/residentsQH 041054 Version 1Superseded
Has been superseded byData ElementDerived Data ElementFacility-available bed (same-day admitted care), average numberQH 041528 Version 2Draft
Implementation in Metadata Sets


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ViewMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifer & VersionObligationApproval StatusEffective FromEffective To
Information AssetData CollectionMonthly Activity Collection (MAC)QH 020008 Version 1MandatorySuperseded01-Jul-200930-Jun-2016
Source and Reference Attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
METeOR data element: Available bed-same-day admitted care, average number of beds N[NNN.N], identifier 373966, Health standard 03/12/2008 https://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/373966/meteorItemView/long