NEW GLASGOW – The Aberdeen Hospital’s four operating rooms are expected to reopen on Monday after being closed for the week.
The rooms were closed on Jan. 6 after excessive humidity was found in the surgical services area of the building, which resulted in an unacceptable risk of contamination and bacterial infection. Engineering consultants investigated the OR air handling system failure to determine the cause of failure and are implementing measures to prevent the problem from recurring.
A total of 58 elective (non-urgent) surgeries have been rebooked and rescheduled for the earliest time and seven emergency orthopedic surgeries were referred to other orthopedic sites in the province.
Work necessary to prepare the operating rooms for use includes:
– Dehumidifying the entire area
– Thoroughly cleaning all rooms and corridors
– Restocking equipment and instruments that were resterilized
– Ordering and restocking supplies – the delivery date for supplies is dependent on inventory availability, weather and transportation. Stock availability will impact the type of surgeries that can be done initially.