October 25, 2021

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Fighting against the Second Wave in Intensive Care at CHUM

Fighting against the Second Wave in Intensive Care at CHUM

Nursing staff at the Center Hospital de l University de Montreal (CHUM) have learned a lot about COVID-19 treatment over the past few months.

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This is one reason why fewer people are infected with the virus.

Those who go there, on the other hand, struggle a lot more than they do.

“Patients who go to intensive care and patients who are put on a ventilator, for example, are in an artificial coma,” the doctor explained.r Jean-Franకోois Liz, Head of Intensive Care at CHUM.

According to him, the mortality rate ranges from “30% to 35%”.

At 10 p.m.E The floor of the CHUM with intensive care, 42 beds are reserved for sick patients. Of those numbers, 10 were dedicated to those with COVID-19.

Since the outbreak began, 143 COVID patients have been admitted to intensive care, with a total of 709 hospitalized at CHUM.

The doctor said caregivers are using more devices that provide high flow oxygen.r Liza.

“We see that patients respond well to treatments,” he says.

In some cases, a ventilator can be placed on the stomach of those in need to help them breathe easier.

“By clearing the weight lungs, without allowing the body to gain weight, it allows the lungs to open up and use a larger area of ​​the lungs to deliver oxygen,” explains the Intensive Care Head.

Although health workers know more about the virus, the fight is far from over and they are feeling tired.

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“We all start out the same way … everyone gets tired,” admitted Mallory Guillaume, a clinical nurse at Intensive Care at CHUM.

Although the situation is under control, at the moment, at CHUM, what happens after the holidays makes them very worried.

“I believe the population respects what the government is asking for, that is, not to meet on holidays”, MTo me Guillaume.