Ontario's top doctor issues directive on patient transfers amid record hospitalizations

Ontario's top doctor issues directive on patient transfers amid record hospitalizations

Soaring COVID-19 hospitalizations have prompted Ontario's top doctor to issue a directive to support overwhelmed hospitals, integrating the transfer of patients across the province's health system. Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, issued Directive 2.1 Friday to provide hospitals guidance on moving patients from one facility to another. According to the directive, hospitals should "transfer or support the transfer of patients, as appropriate, to other hospitals which have the capacity to provide treatment to patients, in order to maximize the capacity of the hospital system to provide and maintain care to the greatest number of patients as possible." "Hospital Care Providers shall participate in any system coordination and reporting processes that may be established by Ontario Health for the purpose of optimizing of Ontario's hospital system to …
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