Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis Surgeries Postponed

Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis Surgeries Postponed

Levis (Quebec) September 21, 2014 – Lack of qualified staff strength Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis has forced the the hospital to close operating rooms.

In total, there are 10 operating rooms in the hospital, and this week one had to be close. Next week, two operating rooms will be closed. A dozen surgeries have consequently been postponed this week and it is expected that thirty other surgeries will be postponed next week.

However, the hospital would not be closed for emergency procedures. Postponed operations are rather selective surgeries that can wait… not that this prevents patients from being disappointed. The management of the Hotel-Dieu blamed a shortage of nurses and staff in sterilizing instruments, but say that they are implementing a plan to train the required personnel.

The union, on the other hand, says it may take months before these newly trained workers are ready to participate in operating procedures.

“Training for the operating room can take a little more than four weeks and then these people must be accompanied for six months in the operating room. So before you have the expertise that allows you to be independent, there is a significant delay,” said Manon Larochelle, President of the Union of Professional Care Quebec.

The management of the Hotel-Dieu de Lévis says they will analyze the situation from week to week to take the necessary actions.

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