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COVID-19 has swept by 5 wards on 4 completely different flooring at Montreal’s Sacré-Cœur hospital, infecting 122 sufferers, together with most cancers sufferers and others with already weakened immune techniques.
Well being-care employees say small, shared rooms with no risk of bodily distancing have contributed to the unfold of the novel coronavirus. A nurse who Radio-Canada agreed to not establish despatched pictures that present three-patient rooms with beds lower than a metre aside, separated solely by curtains.
The CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’île-de-Montréal, which manages the hospital, says it’s doing every little thing it may well to isolate sufferers, protecting them one to a room wherever doable. The hospital has additionally opened eight overflow items for contaminated sufferers.
Among the outbreaks have occurred on wards with notably weak sufferers. The CIUSSS says there have been eight instances on the oncology ward, together with six sufferers who had been contaminated whereas in hospital. At the very least a type of sufferers has died of COVID-19.
Within the hemodialysis unit, 26 sufferers are contaminated, the CIUSSS has confirmed, and a number of other of them are actually in intensive care. Two of these sufferers have died.
Robert Charbonneau, president of Quebec’s affiliation of kidney specialists, mentioned there are a number of hospitals in Montreal with coronavirus outbreaks on their hemodialysis wards, though Sacré-Coeur is the one that’s hardest-hit.
“We all know that in at the very least two or three hospitals, there are sufferers contaminated by COVID-19, and sadly some have already died,” Charbonneau advised Radio-Canada.
“The oncology and hemodialysis sectors, sadly, skilled an outbreak in early April,” mentioned CIUSSS spokesperson Marie-Hélène Giguère.
“Our precedence is the well being and security of our sufferers and our employees. We all the time rigorously apply an infection prevention and management protocols and all the time regulate to new tips.”
The hospital is a type of designated to obtain COVID-19 sufferers, mentioned Well being Minister Danielle McCann on the authorities briefing Wednesday. Nonetheless, she mentioned, these wards are hermetically sealed from the hospital’s different weak sufferers, akin to these with most cancers or kidney illness.
“In these providers they’ve to arrange the care — separated from COVID-19 sufferers,” McCann mentioned.
All sufferers masked
For greater than per week, all sufferers on the hemodialysis unit at Sacré-Coeur have been sporting masks as a result of bodily distancing is unimaginable, mentioned Dr. Stéphanie Raymond-Provider, deputy director of the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’île-de-Montréal.
She mentioned all sufferers admitted to the unit have their temperatures taken, and they’re segregated into completely different zones, relying on screening outcomes.
“Because the variety of instances will increase, all sufferers are screened as a result of there could also be asymptomatic ones,” mentioned Raymond-Provider.
Nonetheless, Sacré-Cœur’s employees haven’t equally been preventively examined for COVID-19 to get rid of the potential for contagion, Radio-Canada has realized. Solely workers who confirmed signs have been examined.
The CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’île-de-Montréal has been the second-hardest hit regional well being company on the island of Montreal, accounting for two,095 COVID instances as of Monday. Greater than 500 of the company’s health-care employees have been contaminated.
Sacré-Cœur-de-Montréal, on Gouin Boulevard West within the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville, was constructed in 1926. It’s a Université de Montréal-affiliated educating hospital and one in all Montreal’s two predominant trauma centres, and is liable for about 15,000 in-patient admissions yearly.
Different establishments affected by outbreaks
Christian Merciari, a spokesperson for the CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, which oversees Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, mentioned there are 13 hemodialysis sufferers beneath at that hospital care who’ve examined constructive.
He mentioned it’s unfair to say the hospital has an outbreak, nevertheless.
There are different hospitals treating kidney sufferers with COVID-19, as effectively, together with on the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), mentioned nephrologist Dr. Jean-François Cailhier.
Outbreaks are additionally reported on the Verdun Hospital, Jean-Talon Hospital and Fleury Hospital, in response to Radio-Canada.
The McGill College Well being Centre (MUHC) has reported 18 dialysis sufferers have contracted COVID-19, Cailhier mentioned — a number of of these from long-term care properties, generally known as CHSLDs.
“CHSLD outbreaks are a significant drawback for us in dialysis items, as we try to keep away from unfold in hemodialysis items,” he mentioned. “If we work in a CHSLD, we are able to now not work in hemodialysis items, as we are going to danger contamination.”
Cailhier is conscious of at the very least 4 deaths of sufferers on hemodialysis wards in Montreal hospitals.
“All of the nephrology groups are sitting on a time bomb,” he mentioned.
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