Saskatoon Health Region has had a very busy fall, and our predictive model indicates that this will continue into the New Year. The month of January is anticipated to see high demands for our services, with a number of days exceeding our fall demand pattern.
A team of operational leaders have been working to prepare for this forecasted increase in demand, since September. Leaders have been reviewing the forecast data for their specific service and planning their staffing levels with this in mind. Flexible inpatient areas (known as pods) are being staffed in advance to meet demand and reduce staff overtime.
January is forecasted to be very busy in Saskatoon Health Region.
“Our teams are really using the predictive data to look out into the future and plan their operations. There have been some really creative new ideas that have emerged through this collaborative work,” observed Jackie Mann, VP Integrated Health Services.
Some new strategies are already well underway. They include a number of processes developed to better utilize all acute care beds within Saskatoon Health Region. Medicine unit teams are identifying patients’ home hospital, if applicable, upon admission to support early planning for them to return closer to home as soon as their condition allows. “The processes have been working quite well and we are transferring patients who are pleased to be closer to home and overall very satisfied with the care,” says Diane Shendruk, VP Integrated Health Services. “Our clinical coordinators have been integral to testing and supporting these new processes.”
Additionally, earlier this month, a team in Royal University Hospital Emergency tested processes to support seniors to return home with the services that they needed rather than having to be admitted to hospital. This work will continue with further testing at other sites in January.
As we head into the holiday season and the New Year, we are very thankful for our care teams and our support staff. They continue to go above and beyond each day to provide the best possible care and service to those we serve.