Utilization of Multi-Bed Ward Rooms and Inpatient Placement in Hospitals During COVID-19

Bedded & Service Capacity PPE Other


Recommendations for hospitals include:

  • Utilization of multi-bed ward rooms (three beds or more)
  • Patient placement in ward rooms as hospitals ramp up scheduled surgical and procedural work and patient volumes
  • Exemptions where space is configured differently (emergency departments, PACU, ICU, step-down units etc.)
  • Evidence informed recommendations on physical and spatial infection prevention and control measures
  • Goal of ensuring the safety and protection of patients and health care workers


  • Hospitals to review recommendations on the utilization of multi-bed ward rooms (3 beds or more)
  • Review IPAC measures that should be implemented in a progressive manner amid COVID-19 pandemic
  • Document offers hospitals a systematic approach to increase private room capacity and reduce ward rooms, acknowledging that hospitals must consider competing priorities when determining the appropriate room placement

DISCLAIMER: This document has been reviewed by Ontario Health West staff. While staff has provided its summary and interpretation of key action items, every health service provider remains responsible for ensuring their own understanding of the document and actions items, next steps and/or accountabilities outlined in the document.

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