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This document was published under a previous government.

Emergency Planning and Preparedness

Ontario Contingency Plan for the Management of Blood Shortages - Version 3

The purpose of the Ontario Contingency Plan for the Management of Blood Shortages and the Ontario Hospital Toolkit for Emergency Blood Management is to:

  • ensure a standard and equitable approach to managing low blood inventory throughout the province, consistent with the National Plan for the Management of Shortages of Labile Blood Components
  • outline the provincial response to a blood shortage
  • describe communication processes, including how national recommendations are communicated and monitored during a blood shortage
  • assist Hospital Emergency Blood Management Committees (HEBMCs) to develop Hospital Emergency Blood Management Plans
  • provide tools that HEBMCs can use during a blood shortage
  • educate hospitals to assist them in meeting certain standards of practice and regulatory requirements

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For More Information

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Health System Emergency Management Branch
1075 Bay Street, Suite 810
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 2B1
Fax : 416-212-4466
TTY : 1-800-387-5559
E-mail : emergencymanagement.moh@ontario.ca


Health workers and health sector employers can call the Healthcare Provider Hotline for more information
Toll free : 1-866-212-2272

CritiCall Ontario provides a 24 hour call centre for hospitals to contact on-call specialists; arrange for appropriate hospital bed access and facilitate urgent triage for patients

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