The trio of respiratory viruses is running out of steam

Trio of respiratory viruses stifle ER


Respiratory viruses are giving hospital staff no respite, while hospital emergency rooms in the Quebec City region are showing high levels of traffic, as they return from the holiday break.< /strong>

The current situation is not unusual for this time of year. However, the trio of viruses that have been circulating for some time have been suffocating medical personnel since well before the holidays.

“Our emergency rooms have been in a situation of overcapacity for several weeks, in particular due to a significant presence of consultations related to respiratory viruses”, observes Michèle Schaffner-Junius, spokesperson for the CHU de Québec.

< p>She adds that the staff shortage is an additional challenge in this “more difficult period”.

Also in Chaudière-Appalaches

The situation is just as painful in Chaudière-Appalaches, while the traffic in the emergency room and several other departments – such as intensive care – has been very high for several weeks.

Here too, the situation is attributed to the very resistant trio formed by COVID-19, influenza and the respiratory syncytial virus.

“ The population is also aging […], which fact that their health care needs are constantly increasing. Combined with the shortage of manpower, this creates the current context “, underlines Maryse Rodrigue, spokesperson for the CISSS of Chaudière-Appalaches. 

Patients without 'options

The head of the intensive care department at the Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec (IUCPQ), Dr. Mathieu Simon, believes that the current situation is indeed in line with the trends of other years. 

While holiday gatherings obviously contribute to this heavy traffic, Dr. Simon believes that labor shortages are not a good target.

“Emergency rooms are about OK in their resources. The problem is that they get too busy because there are no other entry points into the system and once you enter the emergency room you stay there for extended periods of time. , because we are not able to free up beds”, explains Dr Simon, who recalls that emergencies work well provided they are used wisely. 

“We do not will not be able to resolve the situation, as long as there is not another entry point for sick people, but who do not need all the resources of the emergency “, he pleads.

He adds that many patients are caught off guard during the holidays, when many medical clinics are either closed or operating on reduced hours.

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