Framework to Help Hospitals with a Gradual Ramp-Up of Surgeries

Published on May 07, 2020

The government announced the release of a framework to help hospitals assess their readiness and begin planning for the gradual resumption of scheduled surgeries and procedures, while maintaining capacity to respond to COVID-19. 

Resuming scheduled hospital-based care for patients who have been waiting for treatment is on all our minds and has to be very carefully weighed with the overriding need to ensure Ontario hospitals can maintain capacity to be ready for any surge in COVID-19 patients.  A measured approach will be taken by hospitals and sets the conditions hospitals need to meet before they can resume scheduled care.

The framework outlines the targets to be hit locally - including a sustained decline in the rate of COVID-19 cases over the past 14 days and a critical supply of PPE – and requires sign-off from the Ontario Health Regional Lead before the hospital can proceed.

It’s a framework on ‘the how’, not ‘the when’, directing hospitals on how to determine what is right in their communities and in agreement with the COVID-19 response oversight/response tables that are set up in each region.  A multi-disciplinary committee of experts has created this framework based on the best available evidence to guide all hospitals - and the health care system at-large - in this next phase of care in Ontario.

It is a province-wide approach to be executed based on local context.  This measured approach with its pre-conditions is being shared today to support hospitals in their planning only.


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