Bringing quality health care to Ontarians requires the coordination of numerous care providers and supporting services. With over 200 critical care units in hospitals across the province, a significant amount of system integration is needed to ensure that not only optimal care is provided, but also that patients have access to high quality care in an efficient, effective and coordinated manner.
Critical Care Services Ontario’s role in interfacing with the critical care system and implementing the provincial Critical Care Strategy is a crucial element in making this goal a reality. Since the inception in 2006, CCSO has made contributions to the system through a diverse range of initiatives, including the introduction of Critical Care Response Teams (CCRTs) throughout the province; empowering hospitals with planning mechanisms such as Surge Capacity Management Plans; and utilizing the provincial Critical Care Information System (CCIS) to track data related to critical care unit performance and leveraging this data to make informed decisions related to areas such as capacity investments.
As the leadership of CCSO, we are fortunate to collaborate with many committed partners—both within hospitals—such as physicians, nurses, and administrators—and those at the system-level, such as CritiCall Ontario, transport service partners, the LHINs, and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Through our partnerships, we are able to develop strategies that not only result in quality care for patients, but also capitalize upon the unique capabilities of various partners across the province to result in a more integrated critical care system for Ontarians. Our commitment to the continued pursuit of this vision will drive us forward in the years to come.