Hey AB, we need to talk about rationing care. Right now it's scheduled surgeries and procedures. It will soon be emergent & critical care. Judging by my shifts this weekend, we are in for some shocking #COVIDAB numbers today. 1/
In the spring, @AHS_media released a doc that included "Public awareness of the triage protocol is an important part of pandemic readiness. AHS in collaboration with Alberta Health (AH) will develop and release public notification." Anyone seen anything? 2/
Triage decisions CANNOT be downloaded to the front line workers in the moment. I have faith in my colleagues and consultants - but we need to be supported by the system. The public needs to know what to expect. 3/
Last week we were at 133% of baseline ICU capacity, or 87% of surge. We cannot keep adding a dozen or so ICU cases/day. Math always wins. It will take weeks for the prov mask mandate to have any noticeable effect, if any. School just started. /4
And by the way, the 10pm liquor curfew only shifted the bar fight ED visits to come in at 11pm instead of 2am.
The Critical Triage document is publicly available: albertahealthservices.ca/assets/about/s…

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