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Al-Ghamdi: The Bed Management Program to Be Applied in Some of the Kingdom's Regions
04 July 2012
   The Supervisor-General of the MOH Bed Management Program, Dr. Yasser Al-Ghamdi, has affirmed that His Excellency the Minister of Health, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, shows keen interest in the implementation and unification of this program, aspiring to ensure a national program organizing clinical beds, with a view to attaining the international standards in this domain. The program is projected to cover all Saudi health sectors, both governmental and private, in order that the Ministry would be able to ensure a bed for the patient as fast as possible.
The program seeks to provide an accurate inventory of clinical beds at MOH hospitals, as well as the hospitals of other governmental and private health sectors throughout the Kingdom, and identify the future demands of the Kingdom's regions over the years to come.
Dr. Al-Ghamdi underscored the importance of delivering information to decision-makers quickly and accurately, in an effort to help the patient get a clinical bed when necessary, follow up workflow at all health facilities, and indentify the future requirements with regard to the number of beds throughout the Kingdom's regions.
He further explained, “The electronic program of the Bed Management Program is basically intended to get the clinical indicators (the actual bed capacity, average bed circulation per month, average bed occupation, etc.) at 100-bed hospitals (or more), with particular emphasis on the bed capacity at ICUs. It also calculates the number of cases getting in and out of hospitals over the last 24 hours, the number of hospitalized patients (both Saudis and non-Saudis, and the number of patients who have spent more than 30 days in the hospital, in addition to the number of patients who exceeded the expected duration of stay (based on DRG and ICD10), and the waiting time needed to get a clinical bed in normal and emergency cases.”
“Both the Bed Management Program and its electronic program ( have been already adopted in some regions, and it will be expanded to cover all regions over this year, so as to provide daily and instant data and statistics on the average bed occupation, average patient stay duration, average bed circulation, and the waiting time needed to get a clinical bed in normal and emergency cases,” Dr. Al-Ghamdi continued.
In conclusion, Dr. Yasser Al-Ghamdi thanked His Excellency the Minister of Health, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, who gave his directives to develop this program, and extended his thanks to His Excellency the Deputy Minister for Planning and Development, Dr. Mohammed Khoshaim, for his unstinting support for the program.

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