Absence of staff: “we are already in trouble”

Staff absence: & ldquo; we are already in the trash & rsquo; /></p><p> MISE & Agrave; DAY</p><p> <strong> Day by day, Omicron is gaining ground; in Montreal, a 60% increase in hospitalizations was recorded. </strong></p><p> At the Cité-de-la-Santé hospital in Laval, 47 nurses are on sick leave after coming into contact with an infected person or having contracted the disease. Three emergency physicians and seven psychiatrists from the CISSS also contracted COVID-19.</p><p>“It puts pressure on the teams. There are several outbreaks on the floors right now. There are five outbreaks, minimum. So patients stay longer in the emergency room and climb less quickly, so that also puts pressure on the emergency room and on the entire health system of the Cité-de-la-Santé de Laval ”, explains Dereck Cyr, Interim President of the Union of Nurses, Respiratory Therapists and Auxiliary Nurses of Laval. & nbsp;</p><p> The situation is generalized throughout the province. Hospital capacity is reduced by the number of staff who are sick. & Nbsp;</p><p> In Montreal, 1,200 health workers are on sick leave due to COVID.</P ></p><p>“All cases of intensive care on the island of Montreal or elsewhere are people who are not vaccinated. So, this population that is not vaccinated, these people, I hope they will not come together, because that could become a major burden for the health system, ”explains Dr. Stanley for his part. Vollant, surgeon at Notre-Dame Hospital. & Nbsp;</p><p> Same story in the Lanaudière region.</p><p>“We're already in trouble because we don't have enough staff to keep all of our beds open. Closed beds aren't just because there are some who are gaining strength, it's literally because we don't have enough people to keep them open. And despite all that, we have TSO for the teams. So, of course, it is stressful to know that the number of hospitalizations may increase, ”says Dr. Amélie Boisclair, intensive care physician at Pierre-Le Gardeur Hospital. & Nbsp;</p><script async=

The epidemic is changing

And the epidemic is changing. As the contagion spread throughout schools, it is young adults' turn to spread the virus. & Nbsp;

“The highest incidence rates are in the age groups of 18 to 44 years old and even higher among 18-34 year olds. This group, the 18-44 year-olds, represents more than 60% of our new cases, so clearly young adults through social contact, ”said Dr. Mylène Drouin, director of public health in Montreal.

Health authorities, health workers and Minister Christian Dubé all have the same message today: avoid gatherings during the holiday season to spare the hospital environment.

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