St. Francis of Assisi Hospital: an oven after childbirth

Marie-Line Matte was hot last week. During the delivery of his sixth child, first. Especially after the birth: in the room of the Saint-François d’Assise hospital where she was staying, the thermometer was sweating around 30 degrees Celsius. And even if the child showed up at night, Mom was not allowed to shower until morning.
The University Hospital Center (CHU) in Quebec recognizes that the air is heavy for new mothers, babies and spouses living in this pavilion Limoilou. The problem is that, for about a week, large, soft plastic pipes hang from the ceiling to distribute cooler air down the hallway. The system looks like what can be seen in some greenhouses, we found during an impromptu visit.

Management agrees that this is not ideal, but points out that some older buildings are more difficult to cool. “One of the places where the heat is most strongly felt is the obstetric unit of the Saint-François d’Assise hospital,” observes external communications consultant Mathieu Boivin. “The 19 rooms of department B4, where the women who have just given birth are installed, have been air-conditioned for a week with a temporary unit: the fresh air goes to the rooms, provided that the doors remain open.”

The large tubes distributing the cold were not, however, extended to the door of all moms and their young. “The diffusion of conditioned air does not go to the 10 rooms of department C4, where are installed the patients in case of overflow of B4 – which is unfortunately the case these days,” says Mr. Boivin.

This is exactly where Marie-Line Matte met when she and her partner decided to offer the luxury of a single room at $ 153 per night to celebrate the birth. “It’s terrible as it was hot! I was soaking wet, my baby was soaked, “she criticizes. “It does not make sense. […] It’s really haystack. ”

The customers dribble, as do the staff, she argues.

No shower

Not to mention that it was not possible to take a shower after giving birth at 23:07. When she asked where to wash, Ms. Matte said the nurse told her that she would have to wait until 7 am the next morning, which she denounced.

“There is indeed a directive specifying that the showers of the obstetric unit of the Saint-François d’Assise Hospital can only be used between 7am and 9pm”, confirms Mathieu Boivin, the spokesman. “This directive has been in effect for several years. It should be noted that, unlike the CHUL Mother and Child Center, which is of recent construction, the rooms of the obstetric unit [of Saint-François d’Assise] do not have individual showers. Patients and their spouses must use a shared shower. However, the sound of trickling water has already led to complaints from patients occupying rooms adjacent to the shared shower room. For the sake of them, it was therefore forbidden for all patients and their spouses to shower during the night. ”

However, a “solution” could be found by obstetrics staff if a patient “absolutely” needs a shower, he says.

The old, the new

Mathieu Boivin also notes that the majority of the facilities of the CHU de Québec are more recent, therefore, better adapted, better ventilated. “The complexity of cooling some buildings in our facilities is due to the fact that many of them were built several years ago (1912-1945). The air distribution network was almost non-existent and the insulation of the walls sometimes adds to the complexity of air conditioning without compromising the integrity of the building itself. “However, the investment plan of the CHU de Québec would allow ‘gradually move towards modernity:’ We improve the situation every year by adding temporary or permanent systems to improve the comfort of our customers. ‘

The heat in the long-term care centers (CHSLDs) has been the source of a lot of ink and saliva in this sunny summer season; the government has issued a directive for customers to refresh themselves.

In particular, the State requires that each establishment have at least one air-conditioned or dehumidified common room. But this obligation has not been extended to hospitals. “There is no requirement in hospitals to have air-conditioned zones,” says Noémie Vanheuverzwijn, press relations officer at the Ministry of Health.

All institutions must still have an updated plan “to cope with episodes of extreme heat,” she adds. “It is the institutions that are responsible for providing care and services that are safe and adapted to their clientele and adapted to their environment as well.”

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