Staff redeployment possible as Alberta Children’s Hospital struggles with wave of sick kids – CBC

10 pediatric surgeries are expected to be postponed this week

Nov 29, 2022

Health officials are working on plans to redeploy staff, if needed, and postponing a small number of surgeries as Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary struggles to keep up with ballooning demand.

Daily emergency room visits are up 20 to 30 per cent, according to Alberta Health Services, as the hospital battles a wave of respiratory illnesses, including influenza, RSV and COVID-19.

The inpatient units over 100 per cent capacity, the ICU is nearly full and the hospital continues to face ongoing staffing shortages.

AHS confirmed on Tuesday the hospital is postponing one or two scheduled surgeries a day for a total of 10 this week.

There are more than 170 scheduled surgeries planned at the hospital this week.

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