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Hospital Divert Information

Information on hospital diverts can be found at:

Diversion is an advisory status, not a mandate. Critically ill patients or patients with life threatening emergencies must be seen and treated at the nearest emergency department. Ambulances should not be turned away.

Quick Reference guide: Hospital Divert Status

ED Divert =BLS & ALS Divert

Full Divert=BLS & ALS Divert

Critical Divert=ALS Divert

Special Services Divert=BLS and/or ALS Divert depending on specific patient category

Facility Divert=Absolute BLS and ALS Divert

ED Divert: The hospital emergency department cannot accept any additional patients transported by ambulance.


Full Divert: The entire hospital, including the ED, is unable to admit any additional patients (ambulance, walk-in emergency, critical care, general admission).


Critical Care Divert: No intensive care unit (ICU) beds or critical/coronary care unit (CCU) beds are available.


Special Services Divert: Ambulances carrying patients requiring specialty services (psych, obstetrical, pediatric, substance abuse, etc) must be diverted. For example, a hospital would go in pediatric divert if it was unable to admit any pediatric patients. Burn patients should never be diverted from a burn center and trauma patients should never be diverted from a trauma center.

Facility Divert: Hospital cannot take any patients due to fire, power outage or an internal disaster, etc.

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