Saskatchewan

Brutal heat, humidity wreaking havoc at hospitals

Oppressive heat and humidity have prompted a second hospital in Regina to cancel surgeries.

Oppressive heat and humidity have prompted a second hospital in Regina — the General — to cancel surgeries.

The air conditioning was working at the Regina General, but on Tuesday officials there said they were cancelling most surgeries because of high humidity in the operating rooms.

Humidity makes it tougher for health-care workers to operate and increases the risk of infection, the Regina-Qu'Appelle Health Region said.

On Monday, the city's Pasqua Hospital started cancelling procedures after its main air conditioner broke down and concerns were raised about humidity in the operating rooms. Close to 70 surgeries have been cancelled.

Air conditioner parts were being flown in and the system was expected to be back on line by Thursday or Friday.

The health region says cooler weather, expected in the next day or so, will get surgeries at the General back on track.

The temperature was 36 C on Tuesday, but with the humidity factored in, it felt like it was 44 C, according to Environment Canada.

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