The number of acute- care beds in the United States is a hot topic of debate.
The nation’s largest health system is a powerhouse, and there’s been a lot of talk about the lack of beds, even as there’s a growing trend toward treating patients at home.
But what about the beds that are actually being used?
The Washington Post/MedPage Today team took a look at what happens to those patients when they arrive at the hospital.
The story examines whether emergency-room doctors and nurses are using them to their full potential, and how those facilities are managing the growth of the emergency- care industry.