To follow up my Dear Premier letter,
Dear Saskatchewan Health Authority:
Your capable employees had booked me for a routine appointment at a hospital in Regina. To get to my appointment, I’d have to run the gauntlet to the admissions desk where I could be exposed to potentially bio-hazardous air with pathogens likely to include SARS-CoV2. Throughout the rest of my appointment I could be treated by staff without appropriate PPE recommended by Health Canada to prevent the significant risk of Hospital Acquired Infections like that one.
I have a care link home monitor that allows your capable medical people to get routine diagnostic data from my implanted device, similar to every ~6 months since it’s been installed almost a decade ago. It was used during the height of pandemic caution, to reduce in-person hospital trips that could increase the risk of expanding chains of infection.
While you have at the direction of the Minister of Health stopped routinely requiring low quality masks in SHA facilities, it’s your medical duty to do better. The Minister of Health could not order you to reuse sharps for example, there’d be push-back from doctors who realize the harm this would do to a number of patients while putting staff at risk too. Still, that makes as much sense as failing to require masks where visibly sick people go to get help.
Red Cross in Canada lost their role to collect blood donations specifically because they failed to control infections during a pandemic. What will SHA lose when people look back at your culpability in people dying from COVID-19 acquired in your facilities?
I cancelled my appointment, and I’m letting you know it’s because of your anti-scientific policy of not requiring well-fitting respirators on patients and staff who can use them to reduce airborne pathogens in your facilities. I hope I stay healthy long enough for you to come to your senses, or until you can adequately protect me (and others) without me purchasing a P100 or similar mask just to see my doctor in some relative safety. A man with a heart condition shouldn’t risk catching a vascular disease in a hospital or doctor’s office with dirty air.
People should be able to go to a hospital with a reasonable assumption that they’ll leave it with no additional diseases than when they arrived. That’s less possible in your facilities right now, statistically speaking. I could easily bring home a deadly disease to my family, just because the Health Minister(s) want to fit in with other health authorities unwilling to explain their lax change to mask policy during an airborne pandemic.
P.S. The appointment was pushed back more than 10 days, since I was in the USA during the original appointment time, but there’s still that archaic policy being enforced. It was created when it was thought ‘novel coronavirus’ was only found in travelers from the USA. Whoever is responsible for making health policy make sense, really doesn’t do a very good job.
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