QEII surgery schedule back to near regular levels

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QEII surgery schedule back to 100 per cent Wednesday

HALIFAX, NS – Nova Scotia Health Authority’s QEII Health Sciences Centre will go back to performing surgeries at near normal volumes Wednesday.

Since April 20, some surgeries have been postponed as issues with sterilization equipment have meant not enough surgical equipment was available to perform all surgeries.

Drawing on resources from across Nova Scotia Health Authority, the IWK and local partners, the health authority has been able to increase capacity for sterilizing equipment at sites that are not affected by the issue.

To date, about 560 patients have had their surgeries postponed. Those patients are being rebooked, and the health authority and surgeons are working on a plan to complete these surgeries as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile, Nova Scotia Health Authority is continuing the procurement process to replace surgical equipment sterilizers at the QEII Health Sciences Centre through the funding support of the Department of Health and Wellness.

Reports completed by sterilization experts and local engineering and maintenance teams indicate that corroded components of existing sterilizers, matched with issues in the steam feed, are the likely main causes of debris and staining on surgical kits. In addition to replacing the sterilizers, renovations and retrofitting of the steam and sterilization area will be necessary.

The procurement and placement of these sterilizers will take several weeks.