Identifying The Costs of Hospital Bed Operationalization and Creating a National Master Contingency Plan
Author
APIS Health Consulting Group
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Identifying The Costs of Hospital Bed Operationalization and Creating a National Master Contingency Plan

Introduction

As the circumstances in Lebanon threatened the continuity of governmental and private hospitals, APIS assessed the costs of the operationalization of hospital beds and developed a national master contingency plan to help these hospitals overcome the economic, financial and sanitary crisis with the least impact on their operations.

Client

World Health Organization

Situation

The lack of fuel and electricity could lead to the complete interruption of the hospital care which could be particularly life-threatening at the critical care units, the operating rooms and the dialysis units.

The scarcity of essential medicines, medical supplies and reagents threatens also the safety and continuity of care.

The emigration of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals puts a lot of stress on the health sector.

A new COVID-19 wave poses a great threat on the weakened healthcare system.

Our Approach

Analyze | APIS conducted an in-depth analysis of the cost of human resources, vital utilities (fuel, electricity, electrical generators, water), medical gases, medications and medical supplies, and laboratory and medical imaging tests to calculate the cost of bed operationalization per type of bed (medical/surgical beds, Intensive Care Unit beds, COVID-19 regular unit beds, and COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit beds). The team also calculated the capital expenditures related to the addition of new hospital beds in the four aforementioned units.

Evaluate | APIS assessed the hospital life-saving needs of the population in Lebanon and calculated the number of medical/surgical and ICU beds required and the number of beds still needed to provide care for the life-threatening cases per governorate and per caza. Our team also assessed the demand and calculated the number of COVID regular beds andCOVID-19 ICU beds required and still needed per governorate and per caza to meet the need of the population in the event of a COVID-19 wave.

Develop | Based on the analysis of the cost of operationalization of hospital beds and the number of beds required to respond to the needs of the population for both lifesaving cases and in the event of a COVID wave, APIS developed a national six months costed master contingency plan.

Results

APIS identified the capital and operational expenditures related to four types of hospital beds and created a national 6-month master contingency plan to cater to the needs of life-threatening cases in Lebanon. These outputs can serve as guides for the health authorities in the country in the further development of a national health map to fill the gaps concerning lifesaving hospital beds and can help inform potential donors on the actual costs of hospitals operations in the ambiguous economic and sanitary situation in the country.