The HTSC Committee drew up a distribution plan during the first COVID-19 wave with the aim of providing clear guidelines to hospitals to ensure sufficient hospital capacity during subsequent waves.
The plan is divided into 2 main phases:
- For the reception of COVID-19 patients in need of intensive care, the hospital only uses the intensive care beds that were already available in the period before the pandemic. In addition, a number of beds must be reserved for COVID-19 patients on the regular nursing units.
- The hospital must create additional intensive care beds for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in need of intensive care and provide adequate staff for this purpose. In addition, beds must be reserved for COVID-19 patients (more than in the first phase) on the other services for hospitalised patients.
The distribution plan was evaluated and revised several times during the pandemic to respond to the needs of the current situation each time.