Paramedics Transfer of Care at Hospital

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When required to remain on an ambulance stretcher, patients are uncomfortable and have limited privacy. In addition to this, these delays directly contribute to the paramedics ability to respond to other emergencies in the community.

Story behind the numbers

The MOHLTC recommends that hospitals off-load paramedic patients 90% of the time within 30 minutes after arriving at hospital.  Given the challenges in the City of Hamilton and the historic hospital performance, new interim targets have been agreed to for 90% of patients to be transferred over to the responsibility of the hospital within 60 minutes and 100% transferred within 2 hours.

Performance improvements

Senior leadership at the City of Hamilton and the hospitals are aggressively pursuing quality improvement activities to meet these standards.

Transfer of Care Times at Hospital 

Year MOHLTC Target 90% Under 30 mins Interim COH Target 90% Under 60 mins Target 100% Under 120 Minutes
2014 62% 86% 97%
2015 51% 81% 94%
2016 48% 78% 93%
2017 43% 74% 90%
2018 - January to September 42% 73% 90%