CHSLD Herron: “it was the hecatomb” again on April 7 and 8, 2020, relates a witness

At CHSLD Herron, even on April 7, 8 or 9, 2020, it was “the hecatomb”. One of these days, there was a resident who died every hour, recalled Tuesday Alexandre Mercier, of the human resources department of the CIUSSS who had come on site.

One of her colleagues from the West Island of Montreal CIUSSS wondered aloud how these residents were going to be able to spend the month.

However, the CIUSSS had arrived as reinforcements at the CHSLD Herron in Dorval on March 29. But these are executives who had been deployed initially, not field workers, although some of these were trained as nurses and provided care as attendants, hydrating residents and washing them. .

However, again on April 7, when he himself went there, Mr. Mercier heard residents “screaming, bitching”, who were looking for people.

He described the “total disorganization of the residence”. You literally had to start a shelter from scratch, said the witness.

Coroner Géhane Kamel, who is leading the investigation, asked why these residents had not been transferred to other establishments, when we saw to what extent there was a lack of personnel and equipment.

The witness argued that the CIUSSS probably did not want to overload the intensive care units and emergency rooms of other establishments, which were also struggling with a general shortage of staff. Also, he did not want to further spread COVID-19 in other establishments, he suggested.

“It means that we sacrificed them,” concluded the coroner.

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