Saskatoon

Bed in St. Paul's Hospital hallway led to Saskatoon Fire Department's warning

Inspectors found a trolley bed with a patient in it blocking a hallway on a recent routine inspection.

Fire chief can't say if overcrowding prompted bed to be in hallway

Inspectors found a trolley bed and a hospital bed with a patient in it blocking a hallway on a recent routine inspection. (Trevor Bothorel/CBC)

The Saskatoon Fire Department has given St. Paul's Hospital a deadline to make sure patients and equipment stay out of the hallways.

Fire Chief Morgan Hackl said fire inspectors found a trolley bed with a patient in it blocking a hallway on a recent routine inspection.

"We have talked with them before on doing regular inspections to make sure that equipment and/or beds stay out of the means of egress, the hallways."

The hospital was given a warning ticket, and given two weeks to resolve the issue.

As for why the bed was in the hallway, Hackl said the health region didn't say. Hackl said he can't say for certain whether it was due to overcrowding.

"In terms of inspecting, in terms of an occupancy, there was no concern about overcrowding, it was to do with a means of egress, and that it wasn't safe for people to evacuate." 

The NDP raised the issue of overcrowding in Question Period last week. The health minister said it was "very concerning" but understood measures had been taken to remedy the issue.

Hackl said the hospital and fire department have worked on a plan to rectify the issue.

Another inspection will take place next week, and a fire drill will take place with staff.

With files from CBC's Alicia Bridges

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