All day surgeries in Edmonton health zone postponed as hospitals struggle under pressure of COVID-19
2021-09-13 from cbc.ca
Up to 70 per cent of all scheduled surgeries and procedures in the Edmonton health zone will be postponed this week as Alberta Health Services works to free up space and frontline staff to care for patients with COVID-19.
All day surgeries will be postponed and only "priority cancer, urgent and emergent surgeries" will go ahead, AHS spokesperson Kerry Williamson told CBC News on Monday.
The change comes as Alberta's fourth wave of COVID-19 pushes Alberta hospitals to the breaking point.
"This situation continues to be very serious," Williamson said in a statement.
By postponing day surgeries and procedures, AHS hopes to have "sufficient ICU and inpatient capacity to manage the increased COVID activity across the zone and the province."
Patients who are affected will be contacted and their procedures will be rescheduled as soon as possible, AHS said.
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