The General and Pasqua Hospital in Regina continue to report a high amount of patients coming to the emergency ward because of injuries suffered in falls due to the freezing rain storm.
The freezing rain hit Regina Tuesday night coating streets and sidewalks making it very dangerous in some places.
- Regina ERs busy with broken bones and other injuries following freezing rain
- Regina offering free sand for residents to use on icy driveways and sidewalks
In a news release, the Saskatchewan Health Authority provided an update on Thursday afternoon:
- Unfortunately, we continue to have a large number of new emergent orthopedic surgery patients. As of this morning (Thursday) there were nine additional emergent orthopedic patients requiring surgery at Pasqua Hospital and 10 at Regina General Hospital. We estimate approximately 50% of these are ice-related Regina patients.
- The large number of surgery patients is continuing to impact our available beds for elective surgeries, and we were required to postpone an additional 13 elective orthopedic surgeries today, nine at Pasqua Hospital and four at the Regina General.
- We increased operating room staffing yesterday, with an extra team providing orthopedic surgeries last night at Regina General Hospital. In addition, several orthopedic surgeons are assisting us to provide the emergent surgeries in a timely manner.
- We thank all of our surgeons and staff for their efforts and will continue to work through the emergent patients currently waiting over the next 24 hours. We will reassess status for Friday in the morning.
- Although the number of admitted patients waiting for beds in emergency at both sites is still quite high (27 in total between the Pasqua and Regina General), the total number of patients has mostly stabilized, with 55 at RGH and 45 at Pasqua at 13:45 (1:45 PM). We continued to have an influx of orthopedic injuries from slips and falls yesterday and today at both sites.
- EMS has returned to normal call volumes, 75 calls/day (24 hour period). During the 24-hour period of Jan. 9 (00:00 to 24:00 on Jan. 9) EMS did 114 calls.
The city of Regina has told citizens there are numerous locations in the city to pick up sand they can spread on their sidewalk and driveways to ease conditions and make it safer.
However, the city is urging resident to take only what they need. Many have taken advantage of the free sand resulting in the city having to refill the boxes to keep up with the high demand.