Important theft of medical equipment with a value of $ 400,000 to Montreal

News 23 January, 2018
  • Antoine Lacroix

    Monday, 22 January 2018 22:19

    Monday, 22 January 2018 22:19

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    A theft of medical equipment with a value of close to $ 400,000, occurred last weekend in the Hospital Fleury of Montreal, chamboulant the lives of many patients who had appointments this week in endoscopy.

    Employees of the health facility have noted with surprise the flight of 13 endoscopes Tuesday morning arriving at work. This has forced the closure of the clinic of digestive endoscopy and the cancellation of several appointments.

    Endoscopes are used for observation in cavities of the human body, such as during a colonoscopy.

    “It is currently evaluating our options for responding to [this flight]. We hope to do the acquisition of new equipment in the shortest possible time. All the appointments in endoscopy that had been taken this week to the Hospital at Fleury have been submitted at a later date “, has confirmed to the Newspaper Hugo Larouche, a spokesperson for the CIUSSS of the North-of-the-Island-of-Montreal.

    It was impossible for the moment to come forward about the delays caused by the theft of this material.

    Second flight

    “It is early to say with precision what we’re going to do. […] Reviews urgent will be provided inside the facilities of the CIUSSS, because we have other hospitals, like the hospital, Sacré-Cœur and Jean-Talon “, said Mr. Larouche, which is reassuring.

    A complaint was made to the police and an investigation is underway, confirms the Montréal police Service (SPVM).

    A theft of equipment of the same kind occurred in September in Montreal, the Centre hospitalier of St. Mary.

    Without specifying the number of endoscopes have been stolen, the CIUSSS of the West Island of Montréal, had indicated that ” the theft of medical equipment of high value, and more particularly endoscopy and colonoscopy is on the rise in several countries.”

    A link ?

    It has been impossible to get his reaction after this second flight in a few months to arise in the metropolis.

    “It is difficult to establish a link now between the two events. It is certain that this hypothesis will be investigated. Is there a black market for this type of equipment ? It is difficult to say, ” said Raphael Bergeron, spokesperson for the SPVM.