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Saskatchewan adds six new intensive care unit (ICU) beds to 3 hospitals

Saskatchewan adds six new intensive care unit (ICU) beds across three hospitals.

Key Takeaways:

  • Two new beds were added to Regina General Hospital, three to St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, and one to Prince Albert Victoria Hospital.
  • The province has declared plans to add five more beds, bringing the total number of beds to 11, with four for Pasqua Hospital in Regina and one for Yorkton Hospital.

Saskatchewan’s hospitals have added six new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds.

Regina General Hospital received two new beds, St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon received three, and Prince Albert Victoria Hospital received one. The province noted in a news release that the beds are intended to address overcapacity and high occupancy rates. Saskatchewan currently has 85 adult intensive care units (ICUs) spread across nine regional and tertiary facilities.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) claims that they already have the personnel in place to run the new beds.

“There are human resource challenges,” Health Minister Paul Merriman stated, “but they have recognized people who were upscaled throughout the pandemic who individuals can get to ensure those beds are attended to properly.”

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“We’re hoping later this summer, but we’ll have to see,” Merriman said when asked for a timeline. “It depends on certain capital and operating duration, quite a process to be able to get it done.”

He went on to say that specialized positions are in high demand in Canada and that training can be provided for them.

According to Health Minister Paul Merriman, this year’s ICU bed expansion is the first phase of a multi-year plan to add 31 more intensive care unit beds across the province for 110 beds.

The province has announced plans to add five more beds, bringing 11, including four for Regina’s Pasqua Hospital and another for Yorkton Hospital. Later in 2022, these beds will be operational.

Saskatchewan adds 6 new intensive care unit (ICU) beds across 3 hospitals.
Saskatchewan adds 6 new intensive care unit (ICU) beds across 3 hospitals. Image from Yahoo News

According to the press release, the new ICU beds will require 108 full-time positions, including registered nurses and other health care providers.

“We appreciate the province’s investment in strengthening critical care in our urban, rural, and northern regional hospitals,” Lori Garchinski, executive director for provincial programs – tertiary care at the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), said in a statement.

“Our teams are continuing to construct on the lessons learned from the pandemic, and this ongoing expansion in ICU, as well as high-acuity capacity, is critical in moving Saskatchewan residents closer to connected care.”

Source: Global News

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