High occupancy rate: Quebecers begged to avoid emergencies


The emergency rooms of many hospitals in the greater Montreal area are so full this long weekend that health professionals are begging the public not to show up.

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Nurses and doctors ask patients to go to CLSCs, pharmacies or, whenever possible, to consult their family doctor.

“The population has an important role to play in order to facilitate things and relieve the pressure that is placed on the emergency rooms of Quebec hospitals. We are therefore asking for the help of citizens in order to get through the crisis that is currently overwhelming the entire health network,” said Christian Merciari, spokesperson for the CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de- Montreal.

Exercise judgment

Since hospitals in Quebec are occupied on average at 96% of their capacity, the nursing staff of the various institutions wants citizens to exercise judgment so as not to further clog the emergency room.

Last night, five regions had passed the 100% mark: the Laurentians (130%), Laval (114%), Montérégie (116%), Montreal (103%) and Outaouais (106%).

The Anna-Laberge hospital center in Châteauguay had the busiest emergency rooms in the province, with an occupancy rate of 169%.

According to the CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, nearly 25% of emergency room visits do not correspond to problems that must be taken care of immediately.

50% absence

At the same time, only 50% of the staff at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital are currently present at work, according to a nurse interviewed by TVA Nouvelles earlier this week.

“Nurses have decided to leave the ship,” she said.

This hospital in the east of the metropolis serves 27% of the Montreal population, according to outgoing Minister of Health Christian Dubé.

” This is [un centre] very important and there is a lot of impact on emergencies, where there is a lot of traffic for a variety of reasons,” he said in a press briefing yesterday morning.

– With Clara Loiseau

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