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Hospital remains under 'code burgundy'
Published Wednesday, October 5, 2011 4:47PM CST
The Regina General Hospital is no longer under a "code burgundy" alert, but the emergency department at the Pasqua Hospital is still over capacity, health officials said Wednesday.
Some emergency patients had to be moved into hallways during the space shortage at the two hospitals this week.
However, the situation has since improved at both hospitals, said Glen Perchie, executive director of emergency, EMS and ambulatory care programs for the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the Pasqua Hospital was still seven patients over capacity.
Perchie says overcapacity or "code burgundy" situations happen a few times each month in Regina's hospitals, and last as long as two weeks.
He says one possible way to free up acute-care beds would be to manage chronic conditions in the community.
"Because it's not one single problem, there's no one silver bullet," Perchie said.
"If you look across the country, there's the same issues in every urban centre."
The code burgundy alert at the Pasqua Hospital is expected to be lifted by this weekend.