Hallway patient care no longer needed, but Alberta hospital staff say root causes not addressed – CTV

Aug. 4, 2022

Health care staff are urging the province to take action as Edmonton hospitals moved patients into hallways amid what Alberta Health Services called a long-weekend induced “high demand for acute care services.”

According to AHS, facilities in the Edmonton health zone enacted “short-term” surge protocols late Tuesday to promote “patient flow” and “manage the high number of admitted patients waiting” in emergency departments.

As of Thursday afternoon, AHS says hallway care is no longer required as capacity requirements have returned to normal.

“Units are no longer being asked to proactively take an additional patient, though this practice may be in place on certain sites and units as part of normal surge capacity protocols,” said James Wood, AHS spokesperson, in a statement to CTV News.

Read more: https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/hallway-patient-care-no-longer-needed-but-alberta-hospital-staff-say-root-causes-not-addressed-1.6014261

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