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One person every 2.5 seconds is the rate at which patients entered hospitals in the United States during the year 1942. Nearly one tenth (9.5 per cent) of the entire population (1940 census) became a hospital bed patient. Surgical operations were at the rate of one to each 5.6 seconds and the hospital birth rate exceeded three live babies to the minute.
A total of 6,345 registered hospitals is represented in the following report on the Twenty-Second Annual Census of Hospitals by the American Medical Association. This is a decrease of 13 in the number of hospitals on the Register one year ago.
The capacity of registered hospitals is 1,383,827 beds and 71,448 bassinets. There are 59,446 more beds and 5,285 more bassinets than one year ago. This growth in hospital facilities for the past year was the equivalent of a 163 bed hospital for every day in the year.
HOSPITAL SERVICE IN THE UNITED STATES: TWENTY-SECOND ANNUAL PRESENTATION OF HOSPITAL DATA BY THE COUNCIL ON MEDICAL EDUCATION AND HOSPITALS OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. JAMA. 1943;121(13):1009–1091. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840130023011
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