Some child surgeries postponed at Health Sciences Centre due to illness surge

By The Canadian Press

A surge of children sick with respiratory illnesses is prompting the children’s hospital in Winnipeg to postpone some surgeries.

Officials say a large number of children are being admitted into intensive care with influenza A and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.

As a result, some nurses who normally work in surgery and other units will be temporarily transferred to the intensive care unit.

Dr. Shawn Young, the chief operating officer at the Health Sciences Centre, says that requires the postponement of many non-emergency pediatric surgeries, such as ear, nose and throat procedures.

He says procedures for broken bones, cancer and other more-urgent issues are not affected.

Young says pediatric surgeries have been postponed in previous winters during flu season, but the amount this year is unusual.

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