Program Will Increase ICU Beds For Up To 2,000 Critically-Ill Patients A
TORONTO, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - On behalf of the McGuinty government, the
Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (TC LHIN) today launched a
provincial Long-Term Ventilation Strategy to improve care for
ventilator-dependant patients and free up intensive care beds, announced board
Chair Mohamed Dhanani. The $5 million program is part of the McGuinty
government's four-year, $90 million Critical Care Strategy to reduce wait
times and improve access to critical care across the province.
This program is unique as it is the first time a LHIN has been asked to
take a lead role in planning and implementing a provincial program.
"There are approximately 1,500 Ontarians who rely on some form of
intensive mechanical ventilation to assist with breathing. Many of these
patients live at home but some are in intensive care units. One of our
short-term goals is to move these patients to more appropriate care
facilities. This will benefit these patients and improve access to intensive
care services. Through this strategy, up to 2,000 more critically-ill patients
a year will have access to ICU beds," said Barry Monaghan, CEO of TC LHIN. "I
am honoured to be given the opportunity to lead such an important and
results-driven strategy for Ontarians."
The Toronto Central LHIN will be building on the work already completed
by the Chronic Ventilation Strategy Task Force, chaired by Dr. Greg Downey.
This group was established to review current services and recommend
improvements. The Long-Term Ventilation Strategy will bring stakeholders
together to develop an integrated service delivery plan. The plan will include
enhanced out-patient services, improved home care supports, a provincial
system for transferring patients from ICUs to more appropriate care settings
and training to improve the quality of patient care.
"The strategy will provide better care in more appropriate settings for
stable ventilator-dependent patients, who are not critically ill and don't
need to be in an intensive care unit," said Minister of Health and Long-Term
Care, George Smitherman. "I'm very pleased that the Toronto Central LHIN has
agreed to take the lead role in making this important provincial program
The immediate $5.2 million investment will fund:
- The Toronto Central LHIN to develop the strategy including a
integrated service delivery model and a patient registry to
coordinate care for these high-needs patients
- 14 new chronic assistive ventilatory care (CVAC) beds for ventilator-
dependent patients unable to live at home
- The designation of West Park Healthcare Centre to act as CAVC centre
of excellence to improve CAVC services throughout the province
- Two additional weaning beds at Toronto East General Hospital to
provide specialized care occasionally required to help wean patients
off a ventilator
- The designation of Toronto East General Hospital to act as a weaning
centre of excellence and to provide clinical leadership to improve
weaning practices across Ontario.
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