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SickKids opens ICU beds to adults with COVID-19 to help strained health-care system

The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
Summary

The hospital said it's preparing to open eight ICU beds for adults 40 and younger with COVID-19, if needed


The president and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association has called the move a "watershed" moment


With more than 500 COVID-19 patients in the province’s intensive care units (ICU), SickKids hospital is stepping in to help the strained adult health-care system.

The hospital said it’s preparing to open eight ICU beds for adults 40 and younger with COVID-19, if needed.

The patients will be transferred from GTA hospitals that have surpassed their capacity, after all potential transfers to neighbouring regions have been attempted.

The president and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association has called the move a “watershed” moment.

In a tweet, Anthony Dale said it shows selfless leadership and underscores the gravity of the historic challenge our province now faces.

SickKids said it has the clinical expertise and physical capacity to care for adult patients, while minimizing disruption to the safe care of paediatric patients.