A cleaning malfunction at North Vancouver’s Lion’s Gate Hospital has prompted a warning for hundreds of patients.
Dr. Dean Chittock with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) says it was the pumps that deliver detergent that stopped working.
“This particular incident occurred due to a power failure, the pumps were actually being looked at and a different power system was put in place than the usual one, which failed, and it failed in that time frame for unknown reasons,” he said.
The malfunction was discovered Nov. 14, but is believed to have first occurred four to five days earlier without detection.
225 patients in total were potentially impacted by the malfunction, but the health authority says it’s not advising patients to be tested for anything or obtain treatment.
“150 patients that were surgical patients and another 75 that were either outpatients or in the emergency room,” Chittock said.
Gavin Wilson with VCH told Global News that the equipment that ended up being used in surgeries was still disinfected and sterilized.
As soon as the equipment malfunction was discovered, any instruments not used in surgeries were re-called and re-washed.
After consulting medical experts, the health authority says it is not advising the patients affected to get tested or obtain any treatment. All have been send notifications from VCH.
Wilson says that the cleaning of the operating room instruments is a multi-step process with many redundancies. They believe the potential for an infection in affected patients to be virtually zero.
No infections or symptoms of any kind related to this incident have been reported to date.