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Definition of Bed blocker

Bed blocker: A patient who uses a hospital bed for a long period of time because they are chronically ill. The patient inadvertently blocks the use of the bed by other patients. The term "bed blocker" appears to date back into the 1980s.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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