And it’s not over yet – there are already more patients in intensive care.
We’re starting to see the effects of this wave in our hospitals. He noted that in recent days, there has been an increase in hospitalizations. Although it remains at the “acceptable” levels that employees can handle, the situation is expected to escalate.
“It can’t go on.”
As of Thursday, designated hospitals in the area were hosting 38 people in the hospital, including eight in intensive care.
Throwing loads in sight
Above all, what is at stake is the age of new patients who find themselves in bed. The face of the third wave rejuvenated.
“The most vulnerable people who were severely affected in the first two waves are now being vaccinated and this is protecting them. Therefore, the virus is transmitted to people who can infect them, that is, people who have not yet been vaccinated and people who have friction activities, which are more common among young people, ”explains intense expert Matthew Simon.
Being younger, they are also often more robust and often require more care. The last patients admitted to the IUCPQ Intensive Care Floor are between 36 and 61 years old. They will occupy a bed on average two to three weeks, indicating an upcoming “resource overflow”.
Stéphane Bergeron of CHU de Québec recalls: “Every time we assign care to a COVID patient, there is someone who cannot undergo surgery or their appointment will be postponed.”
He remembers it wasn’t too far away when hospitals had to abandon some of the other “less urgent” activities to treat critically ill patients from the coronavirus.
“We haven’t gotten there yet [au délestage]”But we don’t want to get there,” says the Director of Professional Services at CHU de Québec.
During the second wave, up to 40% of surgeries and appointments were postponed or canceled at CHU de Québec. Thus, 300 families have a loved one who was denied surgery, and 4,000 others had to postpone their appointment every week.
“The third wave that we see in front of us is bigger and more imposing.” In the short term, it envisages that hospitals will have to resume shedding loads, which have recently resumed nearly 90% of their usual activities, in order to regain accumulated delays in recent months. This was before the new cases escalated in Quebec.
The soldiers’ morale is low, Dr. Bergeron notes, they still have “scars” from the first and second waves.
“A glimmer of hope”
On the horizon, a “ray of hope” appeared to have dawned with the vaccination. But solidarity will also be a cure to the virus, doctors believe.
They noted that the health procedures are “difficult” to accept for some, and they impose “concessions” on others. We can break this epidemic. We must give priority where we cannot recover: in human life, ”urges the head of the IUCPQ Intensive Care Department.
“We are there for you, going out of our way, body and soul. We want to give our best, but we need you. We have exceptional caregivers and the best way to alleviate everyday difficulties is to make sure that together we avoid the spread of the coronavirus through teamwork in a responsible manner and helping them. To reduce the third wave that awaits them. We, “calls Stéphane Bergeron of CHU de Quebec.
“This is not inevitable. We can reduce pollution,” concludes Dr. André Donettini.
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