Grand River, Cambridge Memorial, Groves Memorial and Guelph General hospitals are aware of the ongoing world-wide shortage of epidural catheters.
Epidural catheters are used mostly to support childbirth patients and in some cases, for lower extremity surgeries.
At this time, this shortage has not impacted patients in Waterloo Wellington.
Waterloo Wellington hospitals have supply in stock and are working together to conserve and share resources as part of managing this supply issue. Ontario Health has also recognized a potential shortage and is watching provincial stock closely.
Waterloo Wellington hospitals are also planning to outline how epidural catheters will be managed should it become an ongoing supply issue. The plan involves conserving supplies for high priority patients and working with patients to offer alternate options for pain management.
We are committed to ensuring that all patients have access to pain management support should they need it during childbirth or while undergoing a lower extremity surgery.
We encourage community members with questions to speak to their health care providers and care teams, and check the Grand River, Cambridge Memorial, Groves Memorial and Guelph General Hospital websites for ongoing updates.