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Some Toronto hospitals report shortages of epidural catheters as global supply problems persist

As global supply issues for epidural catheters continue, some hospitals in theTorontoregion have begun to report shortages, while others The hospital states that it is closely monitoring the situation.

In an email to Global News on Tuesday, a spokesperson for William Osler Health System said it and other hospitals throughout Canada "currently used to support pain management. I am experiencing a shortage of epidural catheters. " During childbirth and lower limb / abdominal surgery.

"As soon as Osler realized a potential shortage, he began working closely with suppliers and government partners to secure inventory and mitigate the impact on hospital services." I read the email.

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William Osler Health System Includes three medical facilities serving Brampton and Etobicoke.

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A spokeswoman said the William Osler Health System was hardened to "meet the urgent and urgent needs of patients." He said he had developed an epidural catheter supply strategy.

"We continue to monitor the evolving situation to ensure that patients continue to receive safe and quality care," the email said.

Meanwhile, in an email to Global News, a Lakeridge Health spokesman , who runs a hospital in the Durham area, says the network is facing a "potential shortage" of devices. Said.

"Sufficient supply of epidural catheters in the short term, but with active involvement with Health Canada, suppliers, distributors and manufacturers of Ontario Health Canada and Health Canada. We are working with our partners to understand the current situation and supply forecasts throughout Ontario, "the email read.

Global News also contacted several other hospitals in the Toronto area to determine if there was a shortage of epidural catheters.

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Women's College Hospital "carefully monitors the supply of epidural catheters," told Global News. rice field.

However, the hospital "currently" stated that its supply was "stable and had no impact on patient care."

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Similarly, in global news In a statement sent by email, director Jennifer Bodin, director of maternal and child health services at Michael Garon Hospital, said the hospital was "insufficient in the availability of epidural catheters due to supply chain issues. I am aware that there is a recently reported province of Canada. "

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"At this point, we have enough supplies to continue to meet the needs of our patients," Bordin said. increase. “Our team closely monitors the situation and works with suppliers, hospital leaders, and Ontario Health to develop an emergency response plan in the event of a long-term shortage.”

North York General Hospital states, "Currently, we can provide epidural anesthesia to delivery patients who require epidural anesthesia."

"We continue to work closely with Ontario Health and our supply chain partners to closely monitor the situation," a spokeswoman said in an email to Global News.

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Global News also contacted Sunnybrook Hospital and the University Hospital Network, but did not receive an immediate reply.

A request for comment was also sent to the Ontario Department of Health, but Global News did not receive a reply by the time it was published.

Dr. Lucie Filteau, an anesthesiologist at Ottawa Hospital, told Canadian Press beforethat about 50-60% of pregnant women across Canada had epidural anesthesia. Depends on. Manage pain.

Most used (up to 80%) are in urban areas where more anesthesiologists can provide their services, especially to those who give birth to their first baby.

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Epidural catheters are also used during lower limb surgery.

-Use files from The Canadian Press.

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