COSTA RICA NEWS – The Hospital México on Thursday shut down temporarily seven of its fourteen operating rooms due to problems in electrical installations.

For illustrative purposes.
For illustrative purposes.

The director of the hospital, Douglas Montero, said the measure is a result of a recommendation by the Maintenance Engineering department, after some of the operating room equipment was damaged because it did not get the required electrical voltage for proper operation.

The decision leaves the state hospital located in La Uruca with only half of its operating rooms in operation. The other half run a similar risk, especially when performing complex operations.

“All operating rooms have low voltage problems. These are operating rooms that were built 40 years ago, when the technology and the needs of operating rooms was different. Now equipment for surgeries are all electronic and require a lot of power,” said Montero.

The director explained that the outlets at the Mexico are like the ones used in homes and are not able to handle the demands of the equipment.

Montero said that a specialized company has been contracted to make a diagnosis of the electrical situation of the operating rooms, with a report ready in 15 days and work to be carried out within the next three months.

The situation leaves the hospital at half speed to the end of the year and possibly early 2015, while improvements are made.

Montero assured that the situation will not affect patient care, that he is negotiating with other hospitals like the Hospital San Vicente de Paúl in CHeredia, the centros de Asistencia Integral en Salud (CAIS) in Puriscal and Desamparados, and the Centro Nacional de Rehabilitación (Cenare), and other medical centres to perform complex surgeries.

The director added that he is also in negotiations with doctors to reschedule their surgeries to between 4:00pm and 10:00pm, a slow time for surgeries.

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