Calgary hospitals cancel all elective surgeries as COVID-19 cases fill hospitals – CBC

AHS says the move frees up staff to assist in ICUs

Sep 08, 2021

All elective surgeries and most outpatient procedures in Calgary this week have been postponed as hospitals contend with surging COVID-19 cases and staff shortages.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) says the move will allow it to redeploy staff to intensive care and critical care beds in the area. The province usually has a capacity of only 66 ICU beds in Calgary, but it has expanded that number to 95 to deal with an influx of patients with COVID-19.

Patients whose surgeries have been cancelled will be contacted and their procedures will be rescheduled for “as soon as possible,” said AHS. It will continue with urgent and emergent procedures, as well as prioritized cancer surgeries.

“We do not make these decisions lightly and we acknowledge that postponing surgeries has a deep impact on those impacted patients, their families and their loved ones,” AHS said in an emailed statement on Wednesday evening.

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