POLICY TALKS LECTURE: "Canaries and Coal Mines – the ER as ultimate healthcare performance metric"
DateThursday October 6, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
LocationRobert Sutherland Hall, Room 202
Dr. David Walker, Professor, Department of Family Medicine and School of Policy6 Studies
Canaries and Coal Mines – the ER as ultimate healthcare performance metric
Canada’s Emergency Departments and those that need them are in trouble. Ambulances are lined up to offload patients, wait-times to be seen exceed standards, care is being provided in hallways, patients requiring a hospital stay remain for hours and days on gurneys in the department, and staff shortages result in some departments reducing access or closing.
These symptoms, however, are the result of disorders both upstream and downstream to EDs which must be identified and addressed in order that emergency care can be fully effective. A diagnostic and therapeutic policy exercise will be discussed.
This is a free, public event that will be available to in-person and via Zoom for online viewers.