Saskatchewan's children's hospital is buckling under the pressure of too many patients, too little space, and too few registered nurses.
Causing an emergency room (ER) capacity crisis.
Saskatoon and Regina emergency rooms are struggling to keep up with demand due to severe staffing shortages, leaving waiting rooms overflowing and patients waiting up to 16 hours for care.
With registered nurses often working with a shortfall of up to 50%, patients are lining hallways and even cardiac monitoring and dangerous narcotic administration are happening in waiting rooms, putting patient safety at risk.
Urgent action is needed to address this critical situation.
Regional facilities are hubs for smaller towns, sometimes supporting a 300 km area.
There are sustainable solutions to the nursing crisis, starting with a Nursing Task Force to help repair the broken system, with stakeholders at the table.