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J R Soc Med. 1985 January; 78(1): 35–38.
PMCID: PMC1289542

Patient flow patterns in a recovery room and implications for staffing.


A detailed analysis of the occupancy of a new recovery room in a small district general hospital was undertaken during the initial three months of its use. The main problems were found to be irregular workload, consistently high patient occupancy over lunchtime, and difficulty in matching traditional nursing shifts to periods of heavy workload.

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