The FIQ and the FIQP say they disagree with the new INSPQ recommendations on N-95 type masks, in particular because these recommendations do not allow health personnel to judge for themselves the situations in which they are relevant or not to use it.
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On Wednesday, the Committee on Nosocomial Infections of Quebec (CINQ) of the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ) issued new recommendations on the use of the N95 type respiratory protection device or the equivalent.
This new opinion proposes to healthcare workers the use of this type of device in the care or living environment, in an uncontrolled outbreak context and when the measures in place are no longer sufficient to counter the spread of the disease. virus. Before this new opinion, the CINQ recommended the use of these masks only during medical procedures generating aerosols (IMGA).
According to the Interprofessional Health Federation of Quebec and the FIQ and the private sector – FIQP, this novelty in no way resolves their battle to have easier access to this type of protection.
“These are contrary to the precautionary principle required by the healthcare professionals who are in the field in hot areas, and they do not in any way allow them to exercise their clinical judgment to determine the situations where wearing the N95 would be. required in hot areas. The evaluation conditions proposed are so restrictive that we will have to fight to gain access to them, ”argues Nancy Bédard, President of the FIQ.
In addition, a public health ordinance limiting the use of N-95 masks is still in force, which is a contradiction with the new opinion of CINQ, continues Ms. Bédard.
“The evaluation conditions proposed are so restrictive that we will have to fight to gain access to them. The FIQ and the FIQP are asking for much greater access to N95 or equivalent masks. We continue to demand without further delay the outright repeal of the Ordinance of June 8, 2020. We are relentlessly pursuing demands that all healthcare professionals who work with patients suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 have an N95 mask or the equivalent, ”she warns.
The Ministry of Health has still not commented on the new opinion of CINQ.