Omicron: We must start treating again and bring back the staff despite the risks, says the FMSQ

Omicron: Need to start healing again and bring staff back despite the risks, says the FMSQ


The load shedding in progress in hospitals, including the postponement of major surgical interventions, pushes the Federation of Specialist Physicians (FMSQ) to sound the alarm by asking for a change of approach in the fight against the COVID.  

“The disease has changed, the virus has changed its behavior. We must consider that this is another disease, “says Dr. Vincent Oliva, president of the FMSQ at the outset in an interview with Mario Dumont. & Nbsp;

“We want a ''reset''. We want there to be awareness and that we ask ourselves if we are managing this in the right way. We have the impression that we are applying a recipe that has prevailed in the different waves, but we have the impression that it is not the right recipe, because the virus is very different, ”he elaborates.  

Dr Oliva deplores the fact that serious illnesses can no longer be treated, and that medicine is on hold, causing significant damage to individuals and the health system. 

“Omicron gives less serious damage, partly in patients who are vaccinated. I'm not telling you it's a cold. People do not die from colds, but can die from Omicron. When patients are adequately vaccinated, they will have pharyngitis, a sore throat, cough, and that makes it possible to manage the health personnel differently, ”he explains.  

Thus, his federation wants to see the return to work of the thousands of health care workers who are placed in isolation because of Omicron, when they could lend a hand in the network. 

“When health personnel are isolated for too long, there is collateral damage. There are patients right now who are on the waiting lists and who do not have the care. We have to start treating again with different parameters,” he insists.

So positive workers, who show few symptoms, are less contagious.

“Zero risk does not exist, recognizes Dr. Oliva, but we are no longer in this medicine where we will take zero risk. The risks are manifesting themselves in patients who need care.”

Transfers to CHSLDs

To unclog hospitals, he considers that 'we should start transferring NSA (alternative level of care) patients who no longer need acute care to the hospital, to CHSLDs in order to free up beds. 

“It is extremely sad what we experienced in the CHSLDs during the first wave, but we are no longer there. The patients are vaccinated with three doses, the staff are used to it, they have protective equipment “, he pleads. & Nbsp;

” Our management of the pandemic is a little too careful. The virus is no longer as virulent, no longer has the teeth it did not have in the past, “adds Dr Oliva. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

” If you are told that you have cancer and that if you are not operated on your cancer will progress, would you rather let the cancer progress or have you operated on by a surgeon who is positive but has no symptoms, who is wearing all protective gear and who will not contaminate you? And if you are not vulnerable and you catch it, you will have very mild manifestations of the disease. ”

According to the Federation, it is a risk-benefit calculation, but it is necessary absolutely think about it, and very quickly. 

***Watch his full interview in the video above.***

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