COVID-19: Quebec is preparing for a possible second wave


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One of the province’s biggest weaknesses during the first wave was the understaffing in long-term care homes, called CHSLDs, either because of understaffing or because workers chose to stay home rather than risk contracting the virus. However, with bonuses being offered to people wishing to work in these establishments, there are now 10,000 who are in training and will be available to work from September.

Dubé said he believes the government has been able to address chronic shortages of personal protective equipment, as much of the lifesaving equipment is now made in Canada and will be available to healthcare workers. here. A disruption in the global supply chain had been one of the reasons masks, visors, gloves and gowns were so rare.

He said the province is now in a period of self-examination, looking at what worked well and where the failures were during the peak of the outbreak, and he wanted to make sure the system adapts. quickly to the next wave.

Among the changes he would like to see arehealthcare workers to become more collaborative in sharing which tactics work best and which ones least.

As an example, he used a recent outbreak at the St-Jérôme hospital, which resulted in part from the fact that a team from the Center hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal was brought in to share their experience.

“We have to make sure that we have teams that work well together,” Dubé said. “What we saw in St-Jérôme is a good example of how we can respond better with what we call SWAT teams. A team came with experts and was able to help the team there put in place measures that they believed would work, based on past experiences.


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