UAB using hotels instead of hospital beds for some patients

UAB using hotels to keep hospital beds open

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - UAB Hospital is putting some patients in hotels near the hospital to preserve bed space, according to the hospital’s CEO.

It’s a way to make sure low-risk patients are closer to care. This is not a substitute hospital setting, it’s one way they’re working to keep space available inside the hospital.

According to the hospital’s CEO the hotels in use, are near the hospital, allowing patients quick access to medical services should the need arise.

It also saves the hospital a recovery room bed space, many of which have been transitioned due to the pandemic.

A spokesperson for UAB tells me that typically, a patient stays in a nearby hotel for just one night, and goes home the next day.

He also explained they are not providing direct care in the hospital rooms.

“Patients that would typically just watched overnight and go home the next morning, we are making use of hotels approximate to the hospital which allows us to address the needs of patients who need surgical procedures,” explained UAB’s CEO Anthony Patterson.

They are also postponing non-emergency procedures at UAB.

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