The knowledge of an infectious disease specialist from Mauricie exported

The hecatomb that Mauricie and Center-du-Québec experienced last spring does not seem to want to be repeated, the CHSLDs are for the moment relatively spared by the second wave of COVID-19.

This is in large part thanks to Dr. Lise-Andrée Galarneau, microbiologist and infectious disease specialist at the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center of Mauricie and Center du Québec (CIUSSSMCQ).

The strategy that it has put in place, with the involvement of health workers, could also produce results. “If it worked for us, it may be able to help other regions,” she said Tuesday.

Dr. Galarneau met with deputy ministers of health and facility CEOs last week and talks continue to provide training elsewhere in the network. “I introduced them to how I anticipate outbreaks because it’s a virus that most of the time is predictable,” she said.

The method has proved its worth: the cases recorded in CHSLDs in La Mauricie in the spring have clearly decreased after the implementation of the strategy. “We had to invent the recipe. Everything we do today is truly the fruit of the work that has been done, ”she said.

Dr. Galarneau acknowledged that the teams are working with small staff, while several staff members are on sick leave. The pressure is strong on those who remain. To help them, we can only continue our efforts to restrict our social contacts, called the microbiologist.

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