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Posted: 01/30/2014 5:02 PM | Comments: 0
Officials remain hopeful that surgeries will resume in at least some of St. Boniface General Hospital’s 14 operating rooms Friday.
But Bronwyn Penner-Holigroski, a spokeswoman for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), said she had nothing definitive to report as of late Thursday afternoon.
"We are still hopeful" that surgeries will resume Friday, she said, adding that the situation is fluid.
Hospital officials will meet Friday morning to discuss ongoing preparations to have the operating rooms functioning again. The operating rooms have been out of service since early last Wednesday morning when ventilation systems failed and cold air got inside, causing heating coils to freeze and crack.
Hospital officials had yet to pinpoint the cause of the problem by early this week. They said multiple systems failed, including pumps that circulate fluid through the coils.
The WRHA projected earlier in the week that more than 200 elective or scheduled surgeries at St. Boniface would be postponed by the end of this week. Health Sciences Centre and Grace General Hospital have been performing the bulk of emergency or urgent surgeries St. B would have normally handled.
St. Boniface, the province’s second biggest hospital, has about 20 per cent of the city’s surgical capacity.
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