Fifteen patients of Sept-Îles on the North Shore with impaired renal function have been transferred in the course of the weekend at the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec.
The hemodialysis treatments they had to undergo could not be provided safely following a major breakdown that occurred last Friday on the water system of the City of Sept-Îles.
Thirty people, including patients, their helpers and staff nurses, have been transferred aboard a chartered plane, Saturday and Sunday.
The medical devices used to filter the blood must be fed continuously by a water quality.
“All the systems of filtration and prefiltering of our machines, which normally would compensate for some of the microbes, bacteria and micro-organisms, which could be in the water during boil water advisories in too quickly. Our equipment would have fallen in alert due to lack of water flow,” explains the emergency measures coordinator for the CISSS de la Côte-Nord, Hugo Lemieux.
Another consequence of the bursting of a water main : the sterilization of medical equipment has had to be temporarily transferred to Baie-Comeau and schedules of certain operations had to be modified.
A similar situation had occurred a few years ago. Before the risk, the CISSS will proceed with the installation of a system of filtration additional to the health centre in Sept-Îles over the next few days.
In the meantime, the supply of drinking water to the City of Sept-Îles is slowly returning to normal. The section of the aqueduct is responsible for the breakage could be isolated Saturday afternoon.
“We stopped the intake of raw water in the water since Saturday evening to 20 hours,” explains the director general of the City of Sept-Îles, Patrick Gwilliam. “It has lifted the notice of reduction of consumption on Sunday morning. We ask the citizens, through their normal use, will help us drain the system from the raw water. “
The boil water advisories are issued by the City Friday morning, was still in effect Monday afternoon.