We are pleased to report that we’ve returned to full Operating Room capacity in February, after the successful management of the OR nursing shortage impacting the hospital since May 2016. All eight ORs are functioning at full capacity as of February 2017.
To help ensure children requiring surgery receive the care they require, our surgical teams rescheduled some procedure dates if they found it was safe to do so. For those families with children who had a surgical date rescheduled, thank you for your patience. Thanks to the diligent work of our surgical services teams, no child needing immediate surgical care was impacted and no child had a surgery rescheduled the day their surgery was planned.
Like many other hospitals, we were impacted by a worldwide shortage of specially trained OR nurses. Because we serve children throughout the province and beyond, we worked hard to address this issue while maintaining fully staffed ORs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
OR nursing requires specialized training; here at BC Children’s, there’s the additional specialized training required to provide care for younger and smaller patients. Working with little ones means different sized instruments, procedures and medications in addition to the unique ways our staff interact with them and their families to ensure the best care and health outcomes.
We successfully managed this situation and our ongoing recruiting efforts are working. We also continue to examine our processes with an eye to patient safety, first and foremost.