Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Colorado hospital moves to highest level of statewide transfer plan for first time during pandemic

The Colorado Hospital Association announced Wednesday that it is moving ahead with the highest level of its plan to ease transfers between hospitals — a point not even during the fall of COVID-19 and the worst increase in the winter of 2020. reached up.

State hospitals had been operating under the first phase of their relocation plan since August, when COVID-19 cases began to rise in Colorado as the Delta version took over.

Tier 1 was similar to a “buddy system” where smaller hospitals were linked with hospital networks that have more resources to coordinate transfers, said Kara Welch, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Hospital Association. They skipped Tier 2, which would involve transfer coordination at the regional level, and went straight to Tier 3, where hospital leaders across Colorado would work together, she said.

“The requirement is going to be statewide,” she said. “It’s really about maximizing what’s out there.”

The transfer plan, which was activated in November 2020, never progressed beyond Tier 1 last year.

Welch said the people in charge of transfers for the hospital system would meet about twice each day to find out where beds are available and which patients can move in them safely. For example, if a metro-area hospital needs to free up beds for sick patients, it may arrange for a transfer to a rural facility, where those who are recovering can complete their recovery. , He said.

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