Emergencies exceed their capacity almost everywhere in Quebec

Les urgences dépassent leur capacité d’accueil presque partout au Québec

In Montreal, the average was rather to 133 %, with a total of 64 patients waiting on a stretcher for more than 48 hours through the metropolis.

4 January 2020 15h32

Updated at 16h58

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Emergencies exceed their capacity almost everywhere in Quebec

The canadian Press

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The emergency departments are gridlocked in several hospitals across the province of Quebec, by the end of this Holiday season.

The rate of occupation of stretchers in excess of their ability in most administrative regions. The situation is particularly critical in the northern and southern suburbs of Montreal.

According to the data available on the portal Index health in the late afternoon of Saturday, the occupancy rate of the stretchers had reached 150 % in the Montérégie region of 151 % in the Laurentians and 164 % in the Lanaudière region.

At the Hôpital du Suroît, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, 21 patients have had to take their evil in patience, always on a stretcher after more than 48 hours of waiting.

On the side of Laval, Hôpital de la Cité-de-la-Health had a rate of 141 %.

In Montreal, the average was rather to 133 %, with a total of 63 patients waiting on a stretcher for more than 48 hours through the metropolis. Among the strongest occupancy rates are those of the Jewish general Hospital to 213 %; the Lakeshore general Hospital, Pointe-Claire, 197 %; and the Douglas Institute, specializing in mental health, to 233 %; and the Montreal children’s Hospital to 250 %.

On the territory of the Capitale-Nationale region, the highest occupancy rates were recorded at the Hospital of the Child Jesus, to 135 %, and at the Centre hospitalier de l’université Laval, to 144%.

The deputy director general of the CISSS de Lanaudière, Philippe Éthier, is a reminder that increased traffic does nothing unusual after the Holidays, with the resurgence of health conditions that are specific to this period of the year, such as respiratory problems.

But it also explains the figures in his region by a lack of staff, which leads to delays in the establishment of additional beds and units for the overflow.

“The shortage of manpower, we demand a lot of reorganization day-to-day units of care”, he argued, while the Centre hospitalier régional de Lanaudière was at twice its capacity.

Mr. Ethier stresses that the occupancy rates follow a cycle within the week and even within a single day, as and to the extent that patients have access to rooms.

Among the measures adopted to reduce congestion in the emergency room, he cites the example of the clinical winter open from December to march to meet the case of influenza, gastro-enteritis, and other evils that are non-urgent, which is easily spread during the cold season.

These clinics, however, are present in seven regions of the province.

Citizens are invited to contact the nurses at Info-Santé at 811 for direction to the appropriate resources. This service can especially help distinguish a cold from a flu and to determine if there is a place to visit, ” said Mr. Ethier. Those who may benefit from a follow-up with a family doctor are encouraged to promote this option.

Elsewhere in Quebec, the situation is considered generally “normal” in the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. The North Shore has also been relatively spared, with the exception of the Hospital, The Royer and the CSSS of the Hematite.

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