Update: July 24, 2022 event in the Edmundston Regional Hospital’s Emergency Department

Edmundston, Friday, July 29, 2022 – Vitalité Health Network would like to provide the public with an update on the event that occurred at the Edmundston Regional Hospital on July 24, 2022.

Due to the sensitive and confidential nature of the event, the Network would like to reiterate that it still cannot release specific information.

This tragic incident, which resulted in the death of a person, deeply affected the staff involved. The Network would like to point out key elements:

  • Traffic and waiting times at the Emergency Department were not above standard and there were enough resources and skills available to safely manage the patient;
  • All triage processes have been observed and completed properly by the staff on site;
  • The management of the incident by the Edmundston Regional Hospital staff was exemplary and reflects the high level of skill and professionalism of the staff.

The Network is continuing the internal root cause analysis surrounding the incident, and recommendations will be put in place in accordance with the Health Quality and Patient Safety Act. Additional security measures have already been put in place to increase the safety of Emergency Department staff and patients and reassure them.

Once again, the Network expresses its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the deceased.

—Dr. France Desrosiers
President and Chief Executive Officer