June 18, 2014 7:31 am

Surgeries cancelled at Royal University Hospital for a second day

Royal University Hospital is cancelling all scheduled surgeries on Wednesday after a power disruption.

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SASKATOON – Surgeries at Saskatoon’s Royal University Hospital have been cancelled for a second day after a power disruption.

Crews are testing power to medical systems affected during a partial failure of power distribution equipment at the Saskatoon hospital early Tuesday morning.

Despite successfully re-routing power to affected medical systems, Saskatoon Health Region officials said uncertainty remains on when some systems will be restored.

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Steam is not yet accessible throughout the 1978 building. As a result, RUH is not able to properly sterilize surgical equipment.

“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” on Wednesday, said Jackie Mann, vice president of integrated health services for the region.

Twenty patients are affected by the postponement and will be contacted.

Level 1 and 2 traumas will still be treated at the hospital and contingency plans are in place to support unplanned emergency surgeries.

Officials said supplies are in place to continue with scheduled interventional procedures for Wednesday. Supplies are also available for unplanned c-sections.

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