It’s a real nightmare for me that despite our excellent team at the Ottawa hospital, we are seeing more and more critical cases and deaths. In fact, at some point we really cannot do anything, since there are a lot of cases, and the disease is so new.– explains the one who has been working in intensive care for three years.
This does not mean that we do not try everything. This does not mean that we do not have a success story., – clarifies Natalie DiLabio.
But there are more deaths and there are times when it is not fair to be a nurse at this stage.
You truly become part of the patient’s family. This is a real connection, and in a couple of weeks you will see that this person is no longer there.
The pandemic and its fatalities make life difficult for Ms. DiLabio and are a new element in her career as an intensive care nurse.
Usually patients come, you connect with them and ultimately see progress. [de leur état de santé]… I don’t see any progress now. The patient comes in, tells me about his family, and then the patient is intubated at night, and after a week or two he dies.she explains.
The number of COVID-19 patients admitted to intensive care has doubled since early April in Ontario. The situation in hospitals is such that last week a record number of patients were transferred from one medical facility to another across the province.
All Ontario hospitals are like a big hospital. We want to make sure that there is no hospital for 100 patients and another one for three patients.– explains Ms. DiLabio.
The Hôpital Montfort states that of the 21 intensive care beds, nine are currently occupied by COVID-19 patients arriving from outside Ottawa. However, the hospital clarifies that none of these nine patients are from Quebec.
It is not uncommon for a nurse to meet patients from other parts of the province. Due to the pandemic, their number is different.
Welcoming patients from elsewhere in Ottawa, she says she feels
almost like default favorite…
Because their loved ones, their families are 6-12 hours away from the hospital. So it puts a lot more pressure on me.
The imminent arrival of help from the Canadian military, the Red Cross and medical professionals from Newfoundland and Labrador, Natalie Dilabio said, could help health professionals in Ontario get some rest.
I think that with intensive care nurses who come from other provinces, and also with the help of the army, this will only improve the quality of service that we can provide in Ottawa and Ontario. Every person who has received intensive care training […] they have so much knowledge that it might just improve careshe explains.
However, even with the help of organizations, the military and other provinces, the population also plays a large role, she insists. She, too, says she is tired of the pandemic, but adds that she is ready to stand firm to help those in need.
Every day my colleagues and I are ready. We are ready to help. But the more the population helps us to descend [le nombre de] the case, the less we will need to come to the media or talk to our families and testify about all the human losses that we see due to the pandemic– says Natalie DiLabio.
According to Mathieu Nadon
Find Mathieu Nadon’s interview with Natalie DiLabio, an intensive care nurse at an Ottawa hospital, at TJ Ottawa-Gatineau on Tuesday.