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.
This news was released Monday following a localized ventilation system failure in the Pasqua Hospital Monday afternoon.
According to a release, 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.
“There is no more particulate matter coming out of the vents, so we’ve clearly resolved the issue. We have actually this morning cleaned the department and are now starting to re-process all of the equipment and instruments” said Sharon Garratt the Vice President of Integrated Health Services.
As a result, the Medical Device Reprocessing Department and all of the equipment in it must be thoroughly re-cleaned 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.
“We ensured that if there was specific specialty equipment that was only at Pasqua, we made sure that we processed that equipment at the General Hospital and were able to proceed with the procedures if needed through the night. Anybody who required something in an emergency, we had a plan in place to deal with that” Garratt also said.
The total number of postponements and when operations will return to normal is not currently known.
Further postponements are required today as well, while the re-sterilization of medical equipment continues.
The region began notifying patients and physicians in the late afternoon and evening Monday of the need to postpone or relocate their procedures.