Marika Bordes, director of mental health, addiction, and homelessness programs at CIUSSS, acknowledged that at the end of last week, there was a considerable amount of action within the department of D-9 (psychiatry), as discussed in Le Quotidien’s Tuesday with a suicide attempt. , two escapees, and a nurse injured by a punch aimed at a patient, except that these are rare situations that do not happen often.
The department had about fifteen beds that were all occupied when the events occurred. The department has two sections: one for intensive care and an observation center. “They are sick. In psychiatry, we have teams with a very high staff ratio. We’re talking about six people upstairs,” he said.
Marika Bordes added that at the end of last week, staff evaluations were continuously made based on the number of people in the care of the clinic. As the day went on, the teams were full, but the people working on the watch were added Monday morning, he said.
When it comes to security in a department like psychiatry, Ms. Bordes mentions that all staff are trained according to the Omega method, which ensures that security is accepted in a shared way to prevent escalations and comfort patients in crisis. Recognized by Ms. Borders that, at night, the surveillance teams are smaller.
On the eve of the start of the seven-day strike, Ms. Bordes mentioned that measures are being taken to prevent work stoppages that have an impact on the safety of the psychiatry department. People on strike are invited to stay close to their workplaces in case of a major crisis.
To those who remember that the region already has its own psychiatric hospital, with the presence of the Roland-Saucier Institute, it was confirmed by Ms. Borders that this institution belongs to the past.
“Since the loss of Roland-Saucier, this has allowed us to create a package of services. We have monitoring teams that can visit patients twice a day. There are socio-professional reintegration services, which help prevent the arrival of people with too much difficulty. We need to take preventive measures. Maybe someone is hiding. We counted the pencils. We do everything we can to protect our people,” he said.
A few minutes after the interview with Ms. Bordes, Le Quotidien received the testimony of a woman who allegedly helped save another patient who allegedly tried to commit suicide in the next bed. After recounting the events in detail, he maintained that security was lacking because he had difficulty alerting the staff in the area during the events. He said he wanted to file a complaint, believing that the events he witnessed traumatized him to the point where he had a panic attack.