(June 17, 2014 6:00 pm) Saskatoon – Crews are continuing to test power to medical systems affected early this morning during a partial failure of power distribution equipment at Royal University Hospital. However, despite successfully re-routing power flow to medical systems, uncertainty remains on the timing of when some facility-based systems will be restored. This includes pumps that bring water up to the upper levels of the 1978 building and pumps that support steam for the building.
This means steam is not yet accessible throughout the 1978 building as a result of the pumps not being able to come back on-line. As a result, the hospital is not able to run its sterile processing system and properly sterilize surgical equipment as surgeries occur.
"As a patient safety precaution, after consulting with surgeons and the surgical teams we will not be performing any scheduled surgeries at Royal University Hospital for tomorrow," says Jackie Mann, Vice President of Integrated Health Services. "We can then ensure that we have the proper sterilized instruments in place, in case of a potential incoming trauma."
Twenty patients are being affected by the surgeries postponement and are being contacted directly.
Contingency plans, including surgical equipment supplies, are in place to support only unplanned emergency surgeries at Royal University Hospital. Level 1 and Level 2 traumas will continue to be cared for at RUH.
Supplies are in place to continue with scheduled interventional procedures for tomorrow in areas such as diagnostic imaging. Supplies are also in place for unplanned caesarean sections.
Contingency plans are in place to sterilize equipment off-site as needed.
The Region will provide another update to media in the morning.