Emergency room

The COVID-19 crisis has caused a 30% to 40% decrease in ER visits all over Canada, and unfortunately, many patients requiring immediate care are avoiding hospitals because of the risk of contracting the disease. Dr. Gaurav Puri of Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket reported multiple cases of patients delaying visits to hospital. For example, a patient with COPD exacerbation waited 2 weeks before visiting the ER and almost needed a ventilator, and there have been cases of patients who have ruptured appendicitis upon presentation at the ER after a week of abdominal pain. 

Avery Haines, Alexandra Mae Jones. ‘All of our rooms are empty’: Hospital ERs vacant during pandemic. CTV News. April 29, 2020.

Original article: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/all-of-our-rooms-are-empty-hospital-ers-vacant-during-pandemic-1.4918208

There is a significant decrease in consultation for myocardial infarctions (MI) and strokes with the pandemic because individuals fear contracting COVID-19 from hospitals. In Canada, admissions for MI have decreased by over 40% and this number reaches 60% in Quebec. Even more alarming, ER visits for strokes have dropped by over 80% in the province.

Since we know that every minute counts in these conditions, patients should be advised to visit the ER without any delay.

Thomas Gerbet. « Bombes à retardement » : des victimes d’infarctus et d’AVC évitent les urgences. April 13, 2020.

Original article: https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1693406/coronavirus-crise-cardiaque-urgence-covid-infarctus-avc

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant decrease in emergency room (ER) visits. In Montreal, 18 of the 21 ER have an occupancy rate under 100%. In fact, the average occupancy rate in the city is 71% and in the province of Quebec, this number is about 61%.

The Canadian Press. Quebec  Emergency Room Visits Down Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. CTV News. April 27, 2020.

Original article: https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/quebec-emergency-room-visits-down-amid-the-covid-19-pandemic-1.4913211