03/06/2014 11:48 EST | Updated 05/06/2014 05:59 EDT

Regina hospital to resume surgeries Monday after sterilization problem

REGINA - The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region says it plans to start doing surgeries again at the Pasqua Hospital beginning Monday.

Last week, all surgeries were cancelled for 10 days at the Pasqua because of discolouration on the wrapping for surgical tools put through a steam sterilizer.

The health region says the rust-coloured staining has decreased considerably and it can now process sterilized packs at the hospital, although officials say the discolouration is still showing up in some instances and they're trying to figure out what caused it.

The health region says its medical microbiologist has indicated that the equipment has been sterilized properly and is clean, so there's no risk to patients.

About 130 surgeries and 27 other procedures have been postponed because of the problem.

Keith Dewar, health region president and CEO, says there should be a sufficient supply of equipment at the Pasqua to handle increased surgeries next week.