Surge in Emergency Room Visits: More patients waiting for a hospital bed

The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) reports a surge in patients visiting hospital emergency departments (EDs) in January, in part, because of the flu season.

Over January, the OHA noted a 22% increase (150 patients) in the number of patients in EDs waiting for admission to an inpatient bed, and a 10% increase (253 patients) of Alternate Level of Care (ALC) patients in acute care beds. The OHA adds: "Because occupancy levels in hospitals are already at maximum capacity, this influx of patients has pushed some hospitals to take great measures to ensure patients have
access to the care they need."
The OHA is collecting data for a February report.

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