The BC ER Plan

BC Emergency Doctors
Five Point Plan

Now and Over the Short-term

1
Increase physician staffing in ERs to reflect increased ER patient visits.
2
Make annual adjustments to ER physician staffing to ensure safe patient care.
3
Set and enforce standards regarding how long sick ER patients wait for an inpatient bed.
4
Continue and expand initiatives that will reduce the number of ER visits that could otherwise be served by other practitioners.
5
Hold administrators in Ministry of Health and Health Authorities accountable for meeting the standards set.

 

Longer-term

Make honest and realistic plans to increase hospital beds to achieve regular hospital occupancy rates that do not exceed 85%.

Hospitals don’t work well when they are always full. We cannot assume that not a single extra person will get sick today and need a bed for care. It will take a long time to get there, but we must start with a plan.

Based on:
BCMA POLICY BACKGROUNDER: Emergency Department Overcrowding (CLICK HERE__TO DOWNLOAD)
FIRST RELEASED: November 2006Improving Access to Emergency Department Care: Emergency Department Overcrowding Solutions Framework SEM / BCMA / MoHS Emergency Department Overcrowding Solutions Collaboration March 27, 2009Report of the Expert Panel on ED Decongestion: Improving Access to Quality Care for Emergency Department Patients in British Columbia : Submitted to the Health Operations Committee by the ED Decongestion Expert Panel; June 2009
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