20 hospitals in BC have "dedicated pediatric inpatient beds"
Children's medical services are provided by family physicians (FPs), nurse practitioners (NPs), pediatricians and pediatric medical sub-specialists, in partnership with nurses, allied health and other members of the health care team. Throughout BC we have hospitals that have "dedicated pediatric beds", 94% of medical inpatient days occur at one of 20 hospitals in BC. Approximately two thirds of medical inpatient stays for children occur at 19 hospitals across BC while one third of the medical inpatient care of children happens at BC Children's Hospital.
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 medicine
The Tiers of Service module for children's medical services has been completed. A collaborative working group made up of family physicians, pediatricians, a pediatric sub-specialty physician, 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 Medical Services module:
- Part I: Setting the stage
- Part II: Tiers in Brief for System planning
- Part III: Tiers in Full for Service Planning
To complement the Children's Medical Services module, three in-depth modules have also been developed which provide additional responsibilities and requirements related to Diabetes, Cancer and Cystic Fibrosis.
Self-assessment using the Children's Medical tiers module
The provincial self-assessment using the Medicine module has been completed and CHBC and its regional partners are using the results to continue to improve care. Please use the posted module when you are planning services for inpatient, outpatient and community settings.