Surgery slowdown at St. Mary’s hospital due to black dust

WATCH ABOVE: Hundreds of surgeries at St-Mary's Hospital have been delayed due to contaminated surgical equipment. Global's Elysia Bryan-Baynes finds out how this happened.

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.

“There was a problem with the water supply of the hospital. Unfortunately, [there are] consequences on the sterilization process, but nothing consequential happened to any patient,” said Health Minister Gaetan Barrette.

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.

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