Friday, May 8, 2020

Canada's Leads the 14 Nation Pack in Long Term Care Elder Deaths- 82% of Covid Deaths in Long Term Care System

Oh, Canada. This is pathetic. What a black eye on this country. Systemic. Long known problems. Are now laid bare for all to see. Any communicable virus/bacteria would have resulted in the same type of outcome.

 As an example, in 2011 there was a C Difficile outbreak that spread through Niagara Hospitals and Long Term Care facilities- It killed 37 or 38 people at that time, before it was finally brought under control. Not eradicated. But under control.  C Difficile as well as MRSA outbreaks still occur in hospitals and long term care homes. We've learned to live with them but not stop them from taking lives.

 Today Covid has produced approximately the same number of deaths in Niagara's LTC homes. "In that time, 37 people with the virus have died — a number equalling the death toll from the 2011 C.difficile outbreaks in area hospitals."

 One would have thought, officials knowing full well about the constant risk to the vulnerable and elderly in LTC homes and hospitals, would have been more proactive with this latest viral infection? 
But years of cuts have taken their toll. The result is the one we are seeing today.
Hey Dougie, where's that "iron ring" you were making for our seniors?

1- 82% of Canada’s COVID-19 deaths have been in long-term care, new data reveals

OTTAWA—New data reveals the overwhelming toll on elderly Canadians in long-term care during the COVID-19 outbreak, showing they make up 82 per cent of all deaths.

The National Institute on Aging says that as of May 6, 3,436 residents and six staff members of long term care settings had died of COVID-19, representing 82 per cent of the 4,167 deaths reported as of Wednesday.
Which means that all across Canada the number of fatalities attributed to Covid- 1984, outside of the long term care homes- totaled 731.  As tragic as that number is it's a blip on our yearly mortality count. It wouldn't have registered at all in the influenza or pneumonia count. It was insignificant except to family.  The fall out will be worse.

Dr. Samir Sinha, research director at the institute, says it is a staggering figure, given the roughly 400,000 residents living in care homes represent just one per cent of Canada’s population.

And it is a much higher figure than was indicated in a study released days ago by the International Long-Term Care Policy Network.
It said people in long-term care accounted for 62 per cent of Canada’s COVID-19 deaths. It also found Canada has the highest proportion of deaths from COVID-19 in long term care settings among 14 countries.
However, chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam confirmed Thursday that about 81 per cent of deaths are “linked to long term care facilities.”
Ontario has seen outbreaks in 300 homes, and Quebec in at least 273 homes, he said. Sinha suggested Quebec’s number could be even higher, as it stopped releasing a list of affected homes on April 30.
Quebec is still listing cases and deaths among residents, but not of staff.
Last fall, the National Institute on Aging warned long term care homes were plagued by conditions that increased the risk of spreading infections: people living in close quarters in residences faced with chronic shortages of staff, with little space or ability to enforce proper physical distancing measures, where poorly paid employees often work on a part-time basis at multiple facilities, increasing the risk.
When the problems and their consequences are widely known, negligence is the issue.

2- The proportion of COVID-19 deaths in long-term care was measured in 14 countries. Canada had the worst record

Canada has the highest proportion of deaths from COVID-19 in long-term-care settings among 14 countries, according to a study by the International Long-Term Care Policy Network.

  This news relates to BC. I'm anticipating Ontario will be in worse shape

3- Catching up on B.C. surgery backlog will take up to 2 years, province says

Officials said there are 30,000 patients whose surgeries were postponed or not scheduled at all after the province put restrictions on non-urgent surgeries in mid-March.
Those patients joined or remained on a pre-existing wait-list, bringing the total number of patients waiting for surgery in B.C. to 93,000.

As has been stated here- the shutdowns/lockdowns will result in vastly higher deaths then the "pandemic" could have ever achieved. The hospitals remained unburdened and these surgeries should have been dealt with.  It's not believable that any of these factors were unknowns.
Not the deaths in the long term care homes. Not the deaths that have already and will occur in the near future from the massive back log of surgeries.

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