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Surgeries and Some Procedures Postponed at Pasqua Hospital Tuesday

09-Jan-2017

Dozens of Pasqua Hospital surgeries and procedures are being postponed or moved to the Regina General Hospital Tuesday in order to ensure safe and sterile patient care following a localized ventilation system failure Monday afternoon.

Small particles of debris from a fan belt failure were blown through a portion of the Pasqua Hospital’s ventilation system on Monday, affecting the hospital’s medical equipment sterilization area.

As a result, the Medical Device Reprocessing Department and all of the equipment in it must be thoroughly recleaned and sanitized before the equipment can be safely used for patients.

Procedures being postponed or moved from the Pasqua Hospital Tuesday include all emergency and elective surgeries, and some procedures done in outpatient departments, such as ambulatory care and the eye centre. The total number of postponements is not currently known. Further postponements may be required for Wednesday, depending on the time required for cleaning.

The region began notifying patients and physicians in the late afternoon and evening Monday of the need to postpone or relocate their procedures.

“The safety of our patients is of the utmost importance to us, and we cannot proceed with these surgeries and procedures without access to appropriately cleaned and sterilized equipment,” said Sharon Garratt, Vice President Integrated Health Services.

“We apologize profusely to our patients for this sudden need to postpone or move their surgeries and procedures, and ask for their understanding. We know last-minute changes or postponements are difficult for patients to accommodate, and very disappointing,” she said. “Patients requiring emergency surgeries and other procedures that can be safely offered will continue to receive them during this time.”

The incident was caused by fan belt failure on one of the supply fans, which was identified mid-afternoon on Monday. A replacement took place later in the afternoon and the ventilation system is fully operational.

Some other areas of the hospital experienced minor impacts from the incident and are receiving an additional cleaning as well.

All affected surgical patients have been notified. Patients with questions about whether their outpatient procedure will proceed should contact the department where their procedure is scheduled to be done.

For More Information:
Lisa Thomson
Media Relations Consultant
RQHR Communications
Email: lisa.thomson@rqhealth.ca
Phone: 306-766-5332