Saskatchewan is a few critical care patients away from activating its triage protocol, which means doctors across the province may soon have to decide who can and cannot receive care in intensive care units.
Data from the Saskatchewan Health Authority shows there were 114 people in intensive care units across the province yesterday afternoon and 79 of those patients had COVID-19.
Intensive care numbers change throughout the day, but the province was only two patients away from having to activate its “red zone,” which goes off when there are 116 people in intensive care.
John Ash, executive director of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, said last week that more nurses should be recruited, more surgeries should be canceled and intensive care patients should be transferred out of the province when the red zone is triggered.
Saskatchewan has already stopped all elective surgeries, started canceling urgent surgeries, and admitted adults to its children’s hospital.
Hospital data shows the province was also about five ICU patients away from having 150% peak capacity in its intensive care units – a number that would prompt the province to activate its triage protocol.
The province is expected to provide more information during a COVID-19 briefing later today.