Investing in training to save lives

Even though hospitalizations related to COVID-19 are on the decline in Quebec, intensive care has no respite, as is the case with the McGill University Health Center (MUHC), which must continually be up to date.

Investing in training to save lives

Even though hospitalizations related to COVID-19 are on the decline in Quebec, intensive care has no respite, as is the case with the McGill University Health Center (MUHC), which must continually be up to date. with his techniques to take care of his patients.

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Chloé Charbonneau was admitted to the MUHC earlier this year. By giving birth prematurely at 30 weeks, her life was in danger.

"She was really on the verge of dying on February 4, then miraculously with the help of nurses and specialists, we are lucky today that she is alive," testified Kevin Lacombe, Chloe's spouse.

After the birth of their child, Chloe had to undergo dialysis treatments, be hooked up to a heart-lung machine and be ventilated.

“His kidneys were no longer working, his heart was going less and less well. Thanks to these machines, she is doing well, ”said Mr. Lacombe.

For Rita Larotonda, who is the head nurse of intensive care at the MUHC, it is important that the emergency rooms are always up to date with new technologies so that the caregivers, especially in intensive care, are well trained.

It is for this reason that the MUHC Foundation is trying to raise $150,000 to increase training and purchase equipment. So far, $40,000 has been raised.

“It was difficult to see people die. We stood together, the entire intensive care team, to take good care of our patients,” said Rita Larotonda.


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