How to Calculate Hours Per Patient Day

by Matt McGew; Updated September 26, 2017

Hours per patient day is a figure used by hospitals and other medical institutions to describe the level of patient care and staff-to-patient ratio. Hospitals typically calculate hours per patient day for nurses and doctors separately. You can manually calculate this figure if you know some basic information about the number of patients and hours worked by the specific medical staff.

Step 1

Determine the total number of hours worked by all doctors or nurses during a 24-hour period. For example, assume a hospital had a total of 1,000 nursing hours worked during a 24-hour period.

Step 2

Determine the number of patients at the medical facility for the same period of time. For example, assume there were 500 patients at the hospital during the same 24-hour period.

Step 3

Divide the total nursing hours from Step 1 by the number of patients from Step 2. Continuing the same example, 1,000 / 500 = 2. This figure represents the nursing hours per patient day.


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Since 1992 Matt McGew has provided content for on and offline businesses and publications. Previous work has appeared in the "Los Angeles Times," Travelocity and "GQ Magazine." McGew specializes in search engine optimization and has a Master of Arts in journalism from New York University.