For the nurses, “this is great no matter what”

Pour les infirmières, «c’est du grand n’importe quoi»

The Federation of nurses of Quebec qualifies as a “great anything” the fact that nurses are reduced to making their own masks, because the health institutions are missing or the rationnent.

“It makes no sense, it’s like being in an underdeveloped country,” says Linda Lapointe, vice-president of the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ).

The prime minister François Legault has recognised these days that there is enough protective equipment for the next few weeks, but that the network had experienced distribution problems.

“On the one hand, we are told that there is equipment, but that we keep it under lock and key, because there were flights, but the last three or four days make us think that there is not that much,” says, however, Ms. Lapointe.

The evidence on the absence of masks are multiplying, says the FIQ.

“The girls of home care have a mask for the entire day as they visit the 14 patients, this is pathetic, says Linda Laporte. Sunday evening the intensive care unit at Pierre-Boucher, there were no masks, there were two. ”

Uniform provided

The FIQ is pleased, however, to have obtained an agreement with the government during negotiations last night, so that the uniforms of the nurses at the bedside of patients with the coronavirus to be provided and washed in the hospitals.

Several nurses were concerned about contaminating their families in relation to this and washing their uniforms at home.

The facilities already provided uniforms according to sectors of activities, such as for the operating theatre. In other departments, such as emergency or intensive care, the policies varied according to the hospitals.

“Our request was to standardize everything,” said Ms. Lapointe.

The agreement also states that nurses will receive the necessary protective equipment, and that women who are pregnant or immunocompromised are to be removed from the first line.

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