On the very same day that a Windsor, Ontario hospital reported the closure of a number of operating rooms and the postponement of surgeries; the only clinic in the region providing PET scans announced it has suspended operations.
Both situations will have catastrophic impacts on the patient community and both situations are occurring due broken equipment. Windsor Regional Hospital announced that the pressure release valve that supplies and regulates the steam pressure to the sterilizers in the hospital’s medical device reprocessing department was broken on June 23rd.
Hospital CEO David Musyj indicated, “We have three very small sanitizer units in the operating rooms that can fit in a minimal amount and can sanitize this equipment.” Musyj added, “We’re going to be using those for very emergency, very small cases.”
On the same day, June 23rd, Precision Diagnostics Imaging cast blame in the direction of the Ministry of Health for lack of funding forcing them to suspend services. With approx. 500 patients a year scanned in the region, the current shut down will leave in excess of 50 patients, most of whom have cancer, the reality of facing a six-week wait or going as far away as Ottawa to have a PET Scan.
“The current situation is unacceptable,” writes Dr. Caroline Hamm, a prominent local oncologist and researcher. “A PET scanner is a necessary part of the workup for a patient with cancer; lung cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, metastatic melanoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and more.”
“When we tell our patients their only option is to travel for an entire day to get a test to see if they are curable, is this equal care across the province?”
Sick and broken people are being forced to rely on a sick and broken system. Time does not stop ticking for those with diseases such as cancer. Not all employers are able to keep employees on during extended periods of sickness due to non-access to healthcare and not all people can push the hold button on their lives.
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