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April 26, 1965

Maternity Beds Poorly Used Placentas and Radioisotopes Studied

JAMA. 1965;192(4):27. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080170081044

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Available maternity beds are poorly used, according to Inglis F. Frost, MD, St. Luke's Hospital, New York. Frost attributes inefficient use of these beds to declining birth rate and shorter hospital stays for the obstetric patient.

Although the trend has been to reduce the size of maternity units, percentage of occupancy is still not at optimum levels and, on the other hand, there are periods when there are not enough maternity beds.

Reporting some results of the New Jersey Study of Maternity Bed Utilization, Frost advocated changes in the operation of maternity floors. He suggested that selected, noninfectious gynecologic patients might be permitted in the maternity unit at times of low obstetric census. Strict regulation and supervision would be required, and Frost indicated that blanket permission for all licensed hospitals to mix the unit should not be given.

Disadvantages include:

  • • The necessity of having a watch-dog committee oversee it;

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