Nurses recall scenes of neglect, disorder and horror at inquiry into Herron long-term care home
2021-09-09 from cbc.ca
One nursing home resident was in his bed, hooked up to an oxygen tank that no longer had any oxygen. He had bandages so old they had turned yellow, his skin beginning to grow over them. Another resident had become so dehydrated their blood had become thick, and was difficult to draw for testing.
"When we gave them water, they would take the glass of water like they had just come out of the desert. They wanted more and more and more," said Stéphanie Larose, a nurse called upon to provide relief at the Herron nursing home in Montreal's West Island in early April 2020.
At times in tears, Larose described appalling conditions Thursday at the coroner's inquest into the privately run nursing home in Dorval, Que., where 47 people died during the pandemic's first wave. The inquest is part of a larger examination of the problems in the province's long-term care homes.
Larose said Herron was lacking basic medical equipment to take oxygen levels when she first began relief shifts at the care home on April 3, and it quickly became clear that basic needs were not being met.
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