Inside SickKids: How the pediatric hospital’s ICU was saved from near collapse – CTV

Dec. 12, 2022

It’s 1:50 p.m. on a recent weekday at the intensive care unit of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children as a trio of women try to solve the latest problem.

There are three children who need to be in SickKids’ ICU but are not.

One is waiting in the emergency department and two others are at community hospitals. There’s currently no space for them at the intensive care unit, so staff need a plan on how to care for them until beds open up.

“At this particular moment, I don’t have physical capacity to admit them,” says Lee-Anne Williams, the charge nurse for the ICU, who is primarily responsible for managing the flow of patients in and out of the unit.

“This is the worst I’ve seen,” she says of her 21 years in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

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