Intensive care training for nurses at Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont in Montreal has been reduced from three months to just a few hours.
TVA Nouvelles has learned that these nurses – who sometimes arrive as reinforcements from elsewhere in the network or who return to the job market – are deprived of more solid training at these critical times. This is what Denis Cloutier, president of the Syndicat des professionals en santé de l’Est-de-l’Île (SPS-ESTIM) affirms, who believes that the training is given “on the job”.
“A three-month training course takes a few hours. Now you will refer to a more experienced nurse if you have any questions. There you go, go to work in intensive care! It is a very great source of anxiety, ”said Mr. Cloutier.
COVID patients in the corridors
On Tuesday, we learned that the emergency at Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont and that at Hôpital Santa Cabrini were grappling with COVID-19 outbreaks.
Even if services were maintained there, the CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal invited the population to avoid these two emergencies.
“When we crowd our patients into hospitals, as is the case in hospitals in eastern Montreal, with emergencies that have levels of 150% occupancy as has been the case for two weeks, with of patients with COVID lying on stretcher, it is certain that the risk of transmission is increased, ”denounced Denis Cloutier.
“The best way to fight COVID is for positive patients to be isolated in separate units and ideally in separate buildings,” he pleaded.
Morale at its lowest
According to the trade unionist, the morale of the troops is low. The nurses and respiratory therapists he represents have a lot of pressure on their shoulders, even more than in the first wave.
“We have already lost a lot of people since the first wave. They are imposed compulsory overtime at a level which quickly becomes unbearable, which pushes people towards exhaustion, which makes them want to reconsider their careers or fall ill, ”denounced the president of the union.
In the space of a month in Montreal, hospitalizations went from 320 to 740, for a maximum capacity of 1,000 beds. Thus, 3⁄4 of COVID beds are currently occupied.
The load shedding carried out in recent weeks has added 350 beds, including 43 intensive care beds.