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Older people and emergency bed use

Exploring variation

This paper explores variation in the use of acute beds by older people admitted as an emergency, and examines the factors that may be driving this variation. We explore what can be learned from those areas with the highest and lowest rates of bed use, and those  that have recently achieved significant reductions in their rate of bed use. Our analysis is based on existing Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data and Office for National Statistics (ONS) population estimates, alongside other evidence on the factors that drive the use of acute beds by patients over 65 admitted as an emergency.