GTA Hospital Network Declares ‘Code Orange’ to Address Hospital Capacity and Staff Challenges

Health system William Osler has declared a “code orange” in the wake of what it calls an increase in the number of COVID-19 patients and staff shortages on its network.

In a press release issued Monday evening, Osler, who oversees operations at Brampton Civic Hospital and Etobicoke General Hospital, said the metric is typically used when “capacity exceeds demand to ensure the efficient deployment of internal resources. and external “.

“This decision will allow us to continue to provide high quality care to our patients, and we are grateful to our staff, physicians and volunteers who acted quickly to implement our Code Orange policy and procedures,” William Osler , president and chief executive officer of the health system. Dr Naveed Mohammad said in a statement.

In addition, the measure, which according to the hospital network is temporary, will see patients transferred to neighboring hospitals to free up capacity.

The news comes hours after the Ontario government announced sweeping public health measures to curb the spread of the highly transmissible variant of Omicron.

These measures include Ontario schools switching to distance learning until at least Jan. 17, shutting down non-essential businesses like bars and restaurants, and suspending elective surgeries. According to the government, starting Jan. 5, hospitals will be tasked with suspending all non-urgent and non-urgent surgeries and procedures in order to protect hospital capacity.

Osler said that as a result of this directive, all affected patients are being contacted by the hospital network to reschedule their appointments while all urgent procedures continue.

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