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“Bed exchanger”: the Italian way of swing-bed approach. A new possibility through an old tool
  1. T Meschi1,
  2. A Nouvenne1,
  3. B Prati1,
  4. G Campaniello2,
  5. L Borghi1
  1. 1
    Department of Clinical Sciences, University of Parma, Parma, Italy
  2. 2
    Hospital Management, Parma University Hospital, Parma, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr T Meschi, Department of Clinical Sciences, University of Parma, Via A. Gramsci 14, 43100 Parma, Italy; tiziana.meschi{at}

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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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