The load shedding in hospitals in the Eastern Townships not only has the consequence of postponing all kidney transplants from living donors, except those in pediatrics, but it means that patients awaiting a transplant must undergo treatment for longer. hemodialysis.
This lesser evil is not without impact for patients.
“Transplantation is what will give the best quality of life, but also the best survival”, explained to TVA Nouvelles Dr. Mélanie Masse, nephrologist at the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center (CIUSSS) of the ‘Estrie-CHUS. “You have to understand that each month that a patient spends more on dialysis while waiting for his transplant, his life expectancy decreases”, she added.
At the moment, there are about 200 people on dialysis in Estrie. The CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS is able to maintain treatment, but this is not the case for all health establishments.
“At the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital in Montreal, dialysis units had to start reducing the number of treatments per week,” said Dr. Masse. For example, we must reduce the number of treatments from three to two per week. “
The Eastern Townships offered its help to the Montreal establishment, so that some patients could come to Sherbrooke to receive their dialysis.