After a ventilation equipment failure Monday, things will begin to return to normal Wednesday at Regina’s Pasqua Hospital.
Small debris particles moved through the hospital’s ventilation system Monday when a fan belt failed.
The main area affected was the hospitals medial equipment sterilization area, which resulted in the postponement of all surgeries and some procedures on Tuesday.
In total, 60 surgeries and 25 procedures were postponed, all were elective and involved orthopedics, urology, ophthalmology, plastic surgery and general surgery.
- Ventilation issue forces dozens of surgeries and procedures at Pasqua Hospital to be postponed or moved
The fan belt failure required that the Device Reprocessing Department and all of the equipment in it be re-cleaned before it was safe for patient use again.
“Through the dedicated work of our staff and managers overnight and Tuesday morning, we have made significant progress in the cleaning and sterilization of equipment and instruments required to resume providing surgeries and procedures scheduled at Pasqua Hospital,” said Sharon Garratt Vice President Integrated Health Services, in a news release on Tuesday.
“I am grateful to all of our staff for their efforts, and for pulling together and assisting in helping us through this challenge, so we could return to providing safe, quality patient care to our surgery and procedure patients as quickly as possible”, Garratt added.
As of Tuesday afternoon elective surgeries scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed, but are expected to resume on Thursday.
Emergency surgeries and a few select specialized surgeries that require a Pasqua Hospital operating room will go ahead as scheduled.
There will no longer be an impact on outpatient procedures from the issue, and all scheduled procedures will take place beginning Wednesday morning.
“We again extend our sincere apologies to our patients for this disruption. Patients are already being contacted to reschedule their surgeries and procedures.” Garratt said.
No emergency cases arose that would have required a transfer to the Regina General Hospital.