Level of care hierarchy
We use the concept of a level of care hierarchy in the context of Transfer Delays. See Transfer Delay to understand how it is used. Level of care applies to a patient's combination of Boarding Loc item and comment entry (which together define a physical location). Which location has which level of care is stored in the s_level_of_care table.
Levels of Care
- The list of levels of care from highest to lowest are:
- WRHA ICU, same level of care includes: MICU, SICU, CICU, ACCU, CCU (also for PACU or OR)
- Other MB RHA ICU or Other Province ICU
- WRHA IICU
- WRHA HOB Medicine ward (examples: HSC_HOBS, STB_IMCU as of 2020-10)
- WRHA regular Medicine ward (CTU or NTU)
- WRHA non-Medicine (e.g. surgery, family med, OB, etc) AND lower acuity ward in acute care hospital, whatever flavour of the month word they use for this, incl. rehab, geri-rehab, palliative care unit, etc
- To be clear here, we DO consider these locations "lower" levels than are Medicine wards, and the reason is that a major purpose of the levels is to be able to count up "wasted" bed-days in ICUs or Medicine wards. But of course the care provided in these other locations are not truly lower levels.
- Ward outside WRHA
- PCH or home
- Regarding the level of care of the ED
- The ED is unique in this regard as it can take on various different levels of care
- When the patient’s care is taken over in ED (either Medicine or ICU) and then the patient goes to Medicine or ICU --> consider the time in ED as being the SAME level of care as where the person goes to (i.e. Medicine or ICU).
- In the unusual circumstance that Medicine ward team takes over care while the patient is still in the ED, but before going to a Medicine ward the decision is made to send the person to a level of care lower than Medicine wards (e.g. home, back to PCH, etc) then consider the time in ED as being that of a Medicine ward.
When to use the Levels of Care
When the intent is to move the patient from a higher level of care to a lower level of care, transfer ready date and time has to be entered corresponding to the physical location where the decision was made. The entries are done following the guidelines in the Boarding Loc and Transfer Ready DtTm tmp entry.
Actual listing of care levels for different Boarding Locs