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Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2015 Sep-Oct;53(5):552-7.

[Hospital efficiency measured by bed space use in a secondary care hospital].

[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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Coordinación de Información y Análisis Estratégico, Jefatura de Prestaciones Médicas, Delegación Estatal en Chiapas, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Chiapas, Tapachula, México.


in English, Spanish


In recognition that the availability of resources in the medical facility forms part of the factors that influence the quality of healthcare, it is of vital importance to measure their outcome. The aim of this study was determine the efficiency of the medical facility through the use of beds in a secondary level hospital.


Through the Health Information Management System (HIMS), we examined statistical reports from July 2012 to June 2013 including variables such as expenses, patient days, occupancy rate, average length of stay by specialty and medical division, results were obtained for each strategic indicator, and these results were related assumptions proposing to assess hospital efficiency.


Overall, we identified optimal efficiency of the medical facility without analysis of services, leads to deteriorating and low efficiency. The overall outcome of the five indicators applied overlooked saturation of services within the medical unit. However, the overall analysis shows the problem, noting the advantage of evaluating the same scenario from different perspectives.


The include indicators measuring hospital efficiency resource based bed, allows considering deficiencies identified, so that decision making is strengthened the decision making health.


Efficiency; Health services administration; Management indicators; Resource allocation

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