St. Boniface hospital delays plans to reopen operating rooms

WINNIPEG – St. Boniface hospital has had to delay plans to reopen its operating rooms Friday, forcing doctors to cancel more surgeries.

Hundreds of elective surgeries have already been cancelled as a result of a mechanical failure in an air handling system January 22nd caused water pipes to freeze and burst.

The hospital was planning on opening six of the flooded operating rooms Friday but changed plans. The 14 previously damaged operating rooms are now completely repaired but after mechanical testing this morning, officials have postponed the opening.

The issue now is with the mechanical system, specifically the air flow.

Dr. Michel Tetreault, President and CEO of St. Boniface hospital says clean air is necessary in operating rooms but after today’s testing there are problems with air volume and pressure that brings in the clean air.

It will take until at least Tuesday to figure out and fix the cause of this mechanical system failure. Meantime, officials still can’t say how long it will take to reschedule the cancelled surgeries and work through the back log.

In the meantime, emergency surgical cases at St. B are being transferred to the Health Sciences Centre and Grace Hospital.

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Global News Winnipeg: St. Boniface hospital delays plans to reopen operating rooms

St. Boniface hospital delays plans to reopen operating rooms