There are a few professions where you pretty much assume the highest level of sanitation regulations will be followed. Chefs, servers, butchers, even a fast food attendant, you expect them all to be washing their hands on the regular, or at least you hope they do.
When it comes to doctors, nurses, and health care professionals, you don't even question their sanitation practices. In a hospital, you inherently understand that everyone is constantly washing their hands and ensuring germs aren't spread.
Unfortunately, in Montreal, that isn't quite the case.
CBC's Enquête delved into the regularity of handwashing in hospitals across Quebec, investigating how often a health care professional will wash their hands before they see a patient, and after.
The results are pretty worrying. A hospital's employees should be washing their hands before and after seeing a patient at a rate of 80%, and only a handful of hospitals in Quebec actually met that requirement.
Don't assume that Montreal's hospitals are doing much better than others in the province. None of the city's hospitals were found to be washing their hands at the minimum 80% rate before seeing a patient, or after. Kind of worrying.
Below you'll find a listing of all of the Montreal hospitals investigated within the CBC study. All the figures below showcase the rate at which health care professionals in Montreal washed their hands before seeing a patient. To see how the hospitals stack up when it comes to washing their hands after handling a patient, check out the full study:
Montreal General Hospital: 77% (average attained from previous survey)
Jewish General Hospital: 29%
Hôpital de LaSalle: 60.4%
Hôpital de Verdun: 37%
Hôpital Catherine Booth: 30.2%
Hôpital Richardson: 19%
Montreal Children's Hospital: 59.2%
St. Mary's Hospital: 44%
Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine: 49%
Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay-de-Montréal: 8.2%
Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital: 73.4% (average attained from previous survey)
Hôpital Saint-Luc: 33%
Hôpital de réadaptation Villa Medica: 43%
Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal: 27%
Hôpital Notre Dame: 32%
Hôpital Jean-Talon: 66%
Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal: 49.7%
Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont: 23%
Institut de Cardiologie de Montréal: 66%
Hôpital Santa Cabrini: 33%
Hôpital Fleury: 61%
Hôpital Marie-Clarac: 68%
Lakeshore General Hospital: 49.8%
Institut de Réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay de Montréal: 8.2%
Lachine Hospital: No data available
For a more in-depth analysis, delve into CBC Enquête's report here.
"Today, it is important to recognize the systemic racism against First Nations and Inuit within the health and social services network in order to put in place structuring actions to promote a more egalitarian and fairer relationship between these communities and nurses," said a statement by Luc Mathieu, president of the OIIQ.
The organization said that, after Echaquan's death, it made a "firm commitment" to prevent similar acts of racism by health care providers, as well as to rebuild trust with Indigenous communities to ensure they get the safe medical care they are entitled to.
In order to strengthen nurses' knowledge on Indigenous relations in health care, the OIIQ said it tasked its education committee with evaluating nurses' initial training in intercultural relations and cultural safety for First Nations and Inuit patients.
The organization also said it is taking necessary steps to implement continuing education activities for nurses on the same topics.
But there's one thing I've noticed over the past year that has made me jealous of Biff, he has better health care than I do.
I know it sounds crazy, but allow me to explain.
My experience with hospitals for the most part have not been pleasant. For years I couldn't find a family doctor, which was annoying because whenever I had a minor health problem, my only options were either paying to be seen at a private clinic or going to the emergency room.
But since nothing ever felt like a "real emergency" I would often just ignore the problem until it went away.
When I found a family doctor I thought my problems were over, but I was wrong.
If I wanted an appointment I had to wait a minimum of 8 months. 8 mother fucking months! And when you get to the appointment 8 months later, you still have to wait up to 2 hours before the doctor can see you.
Now let's consider my dog's health care.
If anything is wrong with my dog whatsoever, I can call for an appointment and get one the very next day. But that's not even the best part. One time the vet was 10 minutes late for the appointment and to apologize, he gave me a 15% discount.
I was stunned. I don't even get that kind of service when I go to a private clinic for humans.
If my dog has an urgent problem, I can head to a 24 hour emergency animal clinic where the longest time I've ever had to wait was 30 minutes.
Let's compare this to a regular hospital emergency room. A few years back, I broke my hand and I had to sit in excruciating pain for 9 hours in the emergency room before being seen by a doctor.
I waited so long that the bone had started to set, which means the doctor had to re-break (is that even a word?) my hand before putting a cast on.
It really is amazing to me, but it hits me like an epiphany everytime I find myself waiting for a doctor: My dog has better health care than I do.
Now, I'm not sure if that means Montreal's health care sucks, or if it simply means doggy health care is beyond amazing, but either way I'm jealous.
And yes I am very aware that there are more people than dogs in Montreal, but the fact remains, if my dog and I are broken, he will always get fixed first, and that's messed up any way you look at it.