When will Idaho be able to exit crisis standards of care?
That is a question I receive quite frequently. When Gov. Brad Little and I answered questions through the AARP Town Hall earlier this week, several people asked us about this and shared stories of postponed surgeries and delayed healthcare that caused them frustration and distress. That is not what anyone wants. We all want healthcare availability to return to normal.
The short answer to that question is that Idaho will deactivate crisis standards of care when the surge of COVID-19 patients ends and the number of patients no longer exceeds the healthcare resources available.
Below are a few examples that will let us know we can leave crisis standards of care:
- Non-clinical or non-traditional spaces or rooms are no longer being used to care for patients in hospital and healthcare systems settings
- Patients who should be admitted to the hospital are admitted to traditional hospital rooms, and are no longer being kept for long periods in emergency rooms
- Instead of large hospitals transferring patients to small hospitals, we can return to normal where small hospitals can transfer critical care patients to large hospitals as needed
- At least some postponed, less critical surgeries can continue (we are starting to see this happen in some hospitals in Idaho)
- Staff-to-patient ratios can return to normal
- The trend of new cases and hospitalizations continues to decline
When the situation changes in Idaho, crisis standards of care will be deactivated, and the public will be informed immediately.Continue reading “From DHW Director Dave Jeppesen: When will Idaho exit crisis standards of care; encouraging pregnant women to choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine”