No surgeries at Regina's Pasqua Hospital for 10 days

The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region has postponed more than a dozen surgeries because of an issue with sterilization equipment.

16 patients had procedures cancelled Wednesday

Some surgeries in Regina are delayed, Dean Gutheil reports. 1:30

The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region has cancelled surgeries at the Pasqua Hospital for the next 10 days.

The announcement came Wednesday, a day after 16 surgeries set for today were cancelled because of an issue with sterilization equipment.

The region said staff conducting quality control tests determined they couldn't be sure the equipment needed for surgeries could be properly sterilized. 

Officials are worried about  equipment bags which had become discoloured.

“The cause of the sterilization issue is under active review and remediation," Val Hunko, a vice president with the health region responsible for surgeries, said Tuesday in a news release.

Hunko said Tuesday the sterilization program would be fixed overnight, but that didn't happen.

The health region has been contacting patients it says are "affected by this unfortunate issue.”

The health region also said no one has been harmed. While its surgical equipment is considered clean, elective surgeries are being postponed to allow officials to find out what the problem is.

“We are actively investigating this situation,” health region CEO Keith Dewar said in a news release.

“We have initiated a task team with numerous individuals to identify the root cause of the problem, implement the required remediation actions and work with our physicians, staff and partners to mitigate impacts this has on our patients.”

Any emergency surgeries will be moved to the city's other hospital Regina General.