Manitoba cancels non-urgent cardiac surgeries as hospitals fill up

Manitoba cancels non-urgent cardiac surgeries as hospitals fill up
© Hendrik Schmidt/dpa/The Associated Press Intensive care nurses treat a patient severely ill with COVID-19 at a hospital in Halle, Germany on Nov. 22.

All non-emergent cardiac surgeries have been temporarily cancelled in Manitoba. 

In an emailed statement late Friday, a spokesperson for Shared Health said the decision was made to ensure there’s enough intensive care unit capacity across the system heading into the weekend. 

It said there’s been ongoing patient flow issues and staffing challenges that were heightened by patient demands. 

A spokesperson said three procedures were cancelled on Friday.

The cancellations come as dozens of patients have been moved to other hospitals in Manitoba to make room in Winnipeg’s hospitals during the province’s fourth wave of COVID-19 cases.

Earlier Friday, Shared Health said 62 patients had been moved to facilities in other health regions, including 41 patients moved from Winnipeg. Twenty-one others have been transferred from the Interlake-Eastern health region.

As of Thursday, 98 people were in Manitoba’s ICUs.

Shared Health said emergency cardiac surgeries are not affected. Next week’s scheduled surgeries are being reviewed. 

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