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Critical Care Services Ontario is working with LHINs to allocate resources throughout the province and ensure that intra-system support occurs seamlessly during periods of patient surges.

In 2009, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care surveyed hospitals across Ontario to establish a comprehensive inventory of ventilators and found that there was a need for a provincial level stockpile of ventilators to support a significant and sudden need for critical care and mechanical ventilation, such as a pandemic. In collaboration with Emergency Health Services Branch, Critical Care Services Ontario planned and implemented a procurement and distribution strategy to ensure that the province would be fully prepared in the case of a demand surge.

The ventilator distribution strategy exemplifies the importance of a systems approach to critical care in Ontario. The process by which limited resources were allocated to various parts of the province demonstrates a balanced focus on improving the system as an integrated whole.