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Table 3 Causes of delay by operative unit discipline

From: Sociodemographic, clinical and organisational factors associated with delayed hospital discharges: a cross-sectional study

Cause of delay Operative unit discipline
  General surgery (n = 27) Geriatrics (n = 35) Internal medicine (n = 164) Orthopaedics/traumatology (n = 87) Long-term/rehabilitation (n = 190) All (n = 503)*
Awaiting acute/Rehabilitation hospital bed 8 (29.6) 4 (11.4) 27 (16.5) 20 (23.0) 14 (7.4) 73 (14.5)
Awaiting hospital bed in a long-term/Rehabilitation unit 10 (37.0) 14 (40.0) 69 (42.1) 26 (29.9) 0 (0.0) 119 (23.7)
Awaiting bed in a public/Private residential care home 3 (11.1) 10 (28.6) 25 (15.2) 19 (21.8) 86 (45.3) 143 (28.4)
No caregiver/Caregiver does not accept hospital discharge 6 (22.2) 2 (5.7) 26 (15.8) 7 (8.0) 43 (22.6) 84 (16.7)
House inappropriate for home care/Patient resides outside the region 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 2 (1.2) 5 (5.7) 16 (8.4) 23 (4.6)
Awaiting home care/Unavailability of medical devices and medical equipments 0 (0.0) 5 (14.3) 7 (4.3) 5 (5.7) 15 (7.9) 32 (6.4)
Delay in referral for social service assistance or general inefficiency in sheltered discharge procedure/Other 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 8 (4.9) 5 (5.7) 16 (8.4) 29 (5.8)
  1. *Patients with unknown cause of delay were not included (n =7).