Wait time at the Ottawa Hospital (TOH)
The full report is available here (PDF).
The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) is a 1,000 bed, multi-site bilingual teaching hospital with an emphasis on tertiary-level and specialty care serving 1.5 million residents primarily of Eastern Ontario. In 2009–2010. TOH has an occupancy rate of over 100%.
There are several reasons for the high rate (15%) of ALC patients. They include:
• Patients waiting for a long term care bed (64%)
• Patients waiting for a complex continuing care bed (11%)
• Patients waiting for a rehabilitation bed (8%)
• Patients waiting for other services (increased home services, palliative care, retirement home) (17%)
• There is a tremendous pressure to discharge patients who do not require community support. Currently, approximately 7% of patients require readmission.
• Last year TOH cancelled 580 elective surgeries because of the absence of an available bed
There are cost implications of treating ALC patients in acute care facilities as well. The average per diem cost of treating an acute care inpatient is $1200. The cost of treating a patient in a LTC facility can be much lower. MHLTC pays $53/ day.
The Canadian Nurses Association estimates that there is currently a shortage of 11,000 nurses in Canada.