Report of the army on the CHSLD: the wearing of protective equipment often deficient

Rapport de l'armée sur les CHSLD: le port de l’équipement de protection souvent déficient

Areas poorly defined, port equipment with variable geometry and lack of staff: the report of the canadian armed Forces on the CHSLD du Québec does not reveal horrors like those revealed in Ontario, but the soldiers were focused on three major issues that explain the disastrous balance sheet of the province.

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The government Legault has made public Wednesday, the evaluation conducted by the canadian army after the deployment of 1050 soldiers in 25 CHSLD in quebec. Dated 18 may, it was received late the night before at Quebec.

Although they are trained to face combat zones, many military personnel “may have witnessed and lived through situations exceptionally difficult in NURSING homes,” the report notes.

In the summary of his observations, colonel T. M. Arsenault target three major issues that have fostered the epidemic of the COVID-19 in these facilities.

First of all, the CHSLD is first of living environments, there has been much more difficult to create areas of cold, warm and hot, as was the case in the hospitals from the beginning of the pandemic. In a second time, the canadian army confirms that staff shortage is acute in NURSING homes, in particular due to infections to the COVID-19.

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Use deficient

But it is above all the wearing of personal protective equipment which was lacking in many establishments, even if the hardware was available when the soldiers arrived on the field. “This problem may be exacerbated by a high turnover of staff and inadequate oversight areas,” reads one.

The reasons varied from one institution to another. At the Centre Grace Dart extended care, the military has noticed a “very poor discipline at the level of the port” of protective equipment, whose distribution was also problematic.

In other cases, the staff appeared poorly trained for the use of the materials or the respect of the hot and cold zones.

  • The director of the Bureau of investigation, Jean-Louis Fortin, is back on the case to the air conditioning in NURSING at QUB radio:

The military have also identified several other problematic situations (see above). For example, employees of the extended care Centre Grace Dart left their posts during their shifts, primarily evening and night, for periods ranging from 30 minutes to two hours.

However, a citizen came to lend a hand in this establishment, Marie-Claude MacKay, says understanding employees. “It is too hard emotionally”, she entrusted to the Journal.

Horror in Ontario

At a press conference on Wednesday, prime minister Francois Legault has shown to be relieved that the report did not include “lots of surprises”, as was the case in Ontario. The account in the neighbouring province was a particular state of residents left behind in their faeces, and infestations of cockroaches.

In Quebec, the lack of staff and problems in the implementation of hot and cold zones in NURSING homes were already widely documented.

As to the failures in the use of protective equipment, Mr. Legault recalls that the network has recruited emergency nearly 10,000 people, including via I helps. “Therefore, it is more difficult to apply the guidelines when we have so many staff who are new and without training, then, unfortunately, there have been employees and soldiers who have been infected”, he says.

– With the collaboration of Maude Ouellet and Hugo Duchaine

Excerpts from the report

Masks and narcotics missing

The CHSLD Vigi Mont-Royal, supplies of personal protective equipment, including an order for 20 boxes of surgical masks, have disappeared. A delivery of narcotics was also found.

Conflicts between employees

The Centre d’hébergement Saint-Laurent has been confronted with conflicts between its regular employees and those from other centres. The clashes focused on the “number of hours of work, the management of the institution, the attendance of the employees and the significant lack of nurses”. “A coordinator has threatened to stop work if additional nurses were not hired,” the report notes.

Insufficient material

The CHSLD Argyle, the personal protective equipment was insufficient, even if Québec ensures that it has always been available. “The quantities seem to be enough just to equip all the employees,” reads one.

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