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Hospital fixes operating room heating problems

Sudbury Regional Hospital recently spent $120,000 to fix temperature problems in some operating rooms at the St. Joseph's Health Centre site. Doctors were complaining the operating rooms were either too hot or too cold.

Sudbury Regional Hospital recently spent $120,000 to fix temperature problems in some operating rooms at the St. Joseph's Health Centre site. Doctors were complaining the operating rooms were either too hot or too cold.
 
“We'd hoped we'd be able to wait until we got our construction completed. I think people realize the prudent use of the dollars we're entrusted with requires us not to spend money on a site we expect to demolish,” said chief of staff Dr. Chris McKibbon.

“We put this off for as long as we could. Unfortunately we can't continue to put it off because it was too hot on one site of the operating suite, and too cold on the other.”

The temperature discrepancies represented two problems – an intolerable work environment for medical staff and an uncomfortable environment for patients.

“Questions we're asked as to whether there were adverse outcomes (for patients) resulting from this, so we undertook a six month review,” he said. “We couldn't identify any adverse outcomes as a result of this.”


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