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“Swing-bed” is a hospital bed usable for either acute or long-term patients. The swing-bed programme was developed in the long-term care field in the USA in the 1960s.1 The system was so efficient that a national programme was proposed.2
The university-affiliated Parma hospital has a catchment area of 400 000 persons. It has about 80 000 patients admitted through the Emergency Department (ED) yearly.
Over the years, critical periods arose, which were characterised by more …
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