20 hospitals in BC have "designated pediatric inpatient beds"
Children's medical services are provided by family physicians (FPs), nurse practitioners (NPs), pediatricians and pediatric medical subspecialists, in partnership with nurses, allied health and other members of the health care team. Approximately one third of the medical inpatient care of children happens at BC Children's Hospital — where often the most complex children are seen because of the availability of the many subspecialties of pediatric medicine. The remaining two thirds of those medical inpatient stays occur through BC.
Throughout BC we have hospitals that have "designated pediatric beds", 94% of medical inpatient days occur at one of 20 hospitals in BC.
It is very important to note, however, that beds and bed days do not tell the whole story. A tremendous amount of support for children's health from a medical perspective occurs in the community setting and the outpatient setting.
These three settings — inpatient, outpatient and community — were all considered in the development of the Medicine module.
Tiers of service module for children's general medicine.
The Tiers of Service module for children's general medicine (general pediatric care) has been completed. A collaborative working group made up of family physicians, pediatricians, nurses, therapists, infant development experts and others from across BC worked together to create the module from the best data from BC and best evidence from the literature.
After receiving input from across the province and refinement, the module has been accepted.
There are three parts to the completed Children's General Medicine Services module:
- Part I: Setting the stage
- Part II: Tiers in Brief for System planning
- Part III: Tiers in Full for Service Planning
Self-assessment using the Children's General Medicine tiers module
The provincial self-assessment using the Medicine module will get underway in 2016. In the meanwhile, please use the posted module when you are considering children's services planning for children. Feel free to contact us at CHBC for more information!
Check back here or watch the News section of our website for updates regarding the progress on the Children's Medicine Services self-assessment.