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Table 2 Ward organisational profile

From: Process of implementing and delivering the Prevention of Delirium system of care: a mixed method preliminary study

 Hospital AHospital AHospital BHospital CHospital E
Ward12346
SpecialtyCare Older PeopleSurgical orthopaedicCare Older PeopleCare Older PeopleSurgical orthopaedic/
Fracture neck of femur**
Number of beds29 23 28 28 31(22)
Organisation of bed space3 × 6 bed bays; 1 × 5 bed bay; 6 single rooms 3 × 4 bed bays; 11 single rooms 4 × 4 bed bays; 12 single rooms 4X4 bed bays; 12 single rooms 4 × 6 bed bays; 6 single rooms2 × 3 bed bays; 3 × 2 rooms; 10 single rooms
Staffing (average day)1:3.3 1:3.3 1:4.0 1:5.6 1:4.41:3.5
Ratio nursing/care day50:50 50:50 56:44 33:66 57:4357:43
Staffing (night)1:7.2 1:7.7 1:7.0 1:9.3 1:6.2
Ratio nursing/care night50:50 66:33 50:50 66:33 40:60
Bed occupancy100% 91% 89% 100% 92%100%
% moderate/high dependency55% 52% 80% 89% 60%90%
  1. * Royal College of Nursing 'safe staffing level on older people wards based on 28 beds [26] is: Skill mix 50:50; RN/patient ratio 1:7; staff/patient ratio 1:3.3-3.8
  2. **The ward changed specialty between the pre-delivery and post- delivery phases