Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit was recently equipped with several of our leading surgical products including NovaSure, MyoSure, Fluent and the Omni Hysteroscope. The effort represented the northern-most installation of GSS equipment in the world. This was spearheaded by Winnipeg-based Hologic Canada GSS Territory Manager Mike Enns, who worked with the Canadian federal government, the hospital and its surgeons to facilitate this important step forward for women’s health.
Due to how far north Iqaluit is situated, the logistics of actually delivering the equipment presented a unique challenge. The polar ice caps only melt enough for Iqaluit Harbor to be accessible for cargo shipments for just two months out of the year, meaning the surgical systems and equipment shipment had to be delivered via air cargo – the same way most other essential goods are brought into the area.
Dr. Kaitlyn Carson, founder of the obstetrician-gynecologist program in Iqaluit, led staff training and two full days of surgery following delivery of the systems and equipment. Cases will be performed on a regular basis going forward, with an eventual goal to begin performing clinic ambulatory cases in the future once the operating room caseload at the hospital has been fully established.
In the most recent edition of the Hologic Global Women’s Health Index, it was noted for Canada that there is room for improvement for access to care. This initiative to work with the territory government and bring life-changing treatment to underserved communities will serve as a step forward to greatly improving women’s health in the region.