MONTREAL – Hundreds of surgeries have been cancelled or delayed after a sterilization issue at St. Mary’s hospital was discovered on Oct. 28.
The public was notified six days later.
It’s suspected that black dust found on the equipment is a product of a chemical reaction caused by an oven used to kill bacteria on tools.
The hospital is working with other institutions to help ease the burden during the slowdown at St. Mary’s.
Tools are being brought in from other hospitals and St. Mary’s is sending its equipment out to be cleaned.
The hospital will release the conclusions of its investigation at the end of the week.