Hospitals are near their limits – computer models can help keep their doors open

Robert Van Der Meer, Gillian Hopkins Anderson

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Coronavirus is causing a strain on health services around the world. Just last week, over 80% of critical care beds in England were full, with warnings of hospitals hitting their limits in the coming days. Because of the fast moving and uncertain nature of the pandemic, it is difficult to predict with any certainty how many beds will be required, even over a relatively short timescale. One option would be to reduce admissions of non-COVID patients, but that is normally a last resort.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2021


  • COVID-19
  • hospital management
  • bed capacity planning
  • bed utilisation
  • computer modelling
  • simulation model
  • NHS Lanarkshire

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