Maisonneuve-Rosemont: A bat in the hospital cancels 11 surgeries

In recent weeks, a bat has managed to sneak into the operating room at the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, leading to the cancellation of at least 11 surgeries.

“We are talking about an isolated event that took place on August 25,” confirms the protocol Carl Boisvert, Communications Advisor at CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.


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He explains that a small part of the roof of the Maisonneuve Rosemont hospital was torn off later in the day due to strong winds. Note that according to Environment Canada, gusts of up to 36 km/h swept across Montreal the day before the incident.

“This left a space large enough for the bat to enter,” says Mr Boisvert.

exterminator called

A total of 11 surgeries scheduled in the Rosemont Pavilion operating rooms were canceled on the afternoon of August 25.

Management made this decision because the animal could have contaminated the operating room, which must remain absolutely sterile.


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“The event was dealt with immediately and an extermination team took care of the situation immediately,” he said.

Not the first time

The animal was eventually found dead in the hospital. This is also the second time this unusual situation has occurred at Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont.


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In fact, Carl Boisvert says a bat also paid a surprise visit to hospital staff and patients in October 2020.

At that time, five operating rooms were closed because of the bat.


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“It should be noted that the Rosemont Pavilion operating room activities have now been relocated and the first operation at our new premises took place on September 12. This move had been planned for several months,” says the CIUSSS.

Denis Cloutier, president of the Union of Care Professionals of the East-of-the-Island-of-Montreal, says the event is a reminder of how dilapidated hospital facilities are.

“We cannot risk contamination during an operation. This is another sign of the run down condition of the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont. It shows how important it is also to rebuild this facility and get this project started in earnest,” concludes Mr. Cloutier.

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