Department of Health calls for all hospitals to join COVID care plan

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued a statewide order making participation in Mississippi COVID System of Care Plan mandatory for all licensed hospitals effective at noon today.

The order will continue until January 23, 2022, unless revoked before then.

Due to the current wave of COVID-19 and limited ICU availability, and the inability of ill patients in rural areas to access care, MSDH is activating this Limited System of Care Plan.

All hospitals in the state must participate to allow the most critically ill patients to be transferred for care while not overburdening any hospital. 

This approach is more focused than the prior order because it only includes situations such as:

  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Immediate neurosurgical intervention (such as a severe car accident)
  • Transplant patients with complications
  • Ventilated patients at a hospital without an ICU, respiratory therapy or a ventilator

Mississippi MED-COM will direct patients to available beds, and when no beds are available, to the nearest available hospital that has the resources available. Hospitals will be selected on a rotating basis so as not to put a burden on any one facility.

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