Enough personal protective gear at Île-Bizard CHSLD? Health agency says yes; staff, families say no


More families and healthcare workers are expressing concerns over the lack of personal protective equipment at a long term care home, this time in Île-Bizard.

Concerned staff and families at the CHSLD Denis-Benjamin Viger allege that N95 masks are not being provided even though staff are caring for residents on a daily basis in all kinds of duties.

They also claim that staff are being instructed to reuse disposable one-time wear gowns, by hanging them outside the residents' rooms and to wear them again if staff have to go back in. 

The staff and families, who reached out to yourstory@cjad.com and whose identities are being protected, said that with the second death of a patient attendant in Quebec, health officials may want to revise measures to better protect front line workers. There are now reports of the death of a third patient attendant at a CHSLD in Cartierville.

The West Island regional health authority tells CJAD 800 that they understand the concerns, but that they ensure the CHSLD has all the necessary equipment to provide safe care and that they respect all health ministry and public health directives.

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