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Consultation Guidelines

The physicians who provide consultations through CritiCall Ontario are specialists working in tertiary hospitals throughout Ontario. They are not employed by CritiCall Ontario and are often working hard to care for patients within their own hospitals while answering calls from CritiCall Ontario. In order to support the consulting specialists in providing efficient and comprehensive consultations to their peers, Consultation Guidelines have been created for several specialties. These guidelines provide additional detail to physicians who require a specific type of consultation for their patient. Consultation Guidelines, developed by Critical Care Services Ontario (CCSO) in conjunction with provincial speciality groups and stakeholders including the Provincial Neurosurgery Ontario and the Ontario Trauma Advisory Council, are currently available for:

The Burn Centre Consultation Guidelines provide clear pathways to clinicians at referring hospitals to determine when to request an urgent consultation with a Burn Centre through CritiCall Ontario. These guidelines will ensure timely communication and delivery of comprehensive care to burn patients.

The Burn Management Checklists support clinicians at referring hospitals in managing patients with burn injuries closer to home. These checklists are meant to aid in clinical decision-making and are not a replacement for a consultation with a burn surgeon/centre facilitated by CritiCall Ontario.

  1. Checklist: Outpatient Burn Management
  2. Checklist: Isolated Inhalation Injury Management
  3. Checklist: Electrical Injury Management
  4. Checklist: Burn Resuscitation Management

*If you would like more information about ECMO, please access CCSO’s Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) – Guidance Document for Ontario Hospitals. It contains reminders of strategies to consider that may assist ventilation and oxygenation in patients with respiratory failure, including suggestions for appropriately timed consideration of consultation for ECMO.

The resources below have been endorsed by the Emergency Services Advisory Committee:

Ontario Health – CorHealth Ontario provides strategic leadership to improve cardiac, stroke and vascular services for patients in Ontario. The resources below have been made available:

The Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) has created the worksheet below to help guide the Telestroke referral process.