NEWS RELEASE · 22nd January 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
NH called a Code Orange at 10:52 pm on Friday, January 20, 2012 extending from Prince George to Smithers. NH mobilized physicians, staff and supplies through the hwy 16 corridor up to and including UHNBC and Smithers.
NH treated or continues to treat 19 patients with injuries that range from minor to critical and includes some with severe burns.
2 patients were immediately transferred to VGH in Vancouver and 2 patients were immediately transferred to Edmonton.
8 patients were sent to UHNBC in Prince George.
1 patient was sent to St. John Hospital in Vanderhoof.
2 patients were sent to Bulkley Valley Hospital in Smithers.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
The Code Orange was downgraded on Saturday morning. 7 patients remained at UHNBC in Prince George and 1 was transferred to VGH in Vancouver.
1 patient remained at St. John Hospital in Vanderhoof.
1 patient was sent to Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria and the other patient was released from Bulkley Valley Hospital in Smithers.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Today, 1 patient, who is in stable condition, was accepted for transferred from UHNBC in Prince George to VGH in Vancouver. The transfer will take place tomorrow due to weather conditions. Another 3 patients remain in stable condition in Prince George and 3 patients were released from UHNBC today.
1 patient is in stable condition at St. John hospital in Vanderhoof.
Total number of patients still in NH care is 5 (including the patient waiting to be transferred).
In total 3 patients have been transferred to VGH in Vancouver (will increase to 4 on Monday after the patient is transferred from UHNBC to VGH), 2 patients have been transferred to the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, and 1 patient has been transferred to Royal Jubilee in Victoria. These hospitals, or their respective Health Authority, will be able to provide status updates on patients in their facilities.
Northern Health extends a vote of thanks to everyone, including physicians, nurses and emergency responders who worked tirelessly in response to this incident.
Northern Health passes on our sympathy to family, friends, the community of Burns Lake, and the First Nations communities affected by this tragedy.