If I may... I would like to suggest that "grid load" status is a crucial part of situational awareness for all of us who work in the pediatric hospital setting. Especially in the rural setting. It is a bit... Unnerving when one finds out (while you are attempting to transfer a critically ill child) that an entire grid of your state's medical infrastructure has no PICU beds (!). This has happened to us in the last two winters. We need a better system of anticipating and monitoring grid level capacity that is not just for ED staff. We find ourselves managing patients differently under such conditions...
Jim Wilson, MD
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On Feb 23, 2013, at 11:51 AM, Julia Whitefield <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear Colleagues:
> In your hospitals, how has your administration or you as these administrators of your departments/divisions handled accepting transfers when your hospitals are full? And here I mean NO beds on the regular pediatric floors (incl. subspecialty floors), NO room in observation units, NO rooms in PICU and NO rooms in your EDs where you end up putting patients into the hallway, which is now full also.
> Do you accept them all anyway or if you have declined transfer? And if you have declined transfer, how has your administration handled this for the future?
> I would so welcome your feedback and would appreciate your answers directly to my e-mail address.
> Thank you -
> Julia Whitefield MD, Ph.D.
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