A little more than 200 prehospital workers and hospitals in Quebec City were trained to intervene in the event of a chemical attack during the G7, Le Journal learned .
According to our information, these workers were trained in case of a pesticide attack. A large quantity of antidotes have been purchased to prevent the threat, even if the level of threat remains moderate.
The main focus has been on organophosphates, potent neurotoxic agents that come in the form of pesticides.
Hospital workers in Quebec City received training on how to deal with a mass arrival to the emergency room of infected people.
“The Poison Control Center has trained first responders, emergency physicians and public health physicians in the event of intoxication with chemical agents, including organophosphates,” confirmed Annie Ouellet, the CIUSSS spokesperson for the Capitale-Nationale. “Several stakeholders are also trained in case of attacks to biological and radiological agents.”
Dozens of atropine-type antidotes have been purchased by hospitals in the region to meet a potential mass demand.
Isabelle Goupil-Sormany, medical assistant to the public health of the CIUSSS of the Capitale-Nationale, reminds that the authorities must prepare for all scenarios, even the most catastrophic.
“We are prepared for what is called chemical, biological and radiological. It’s done with our partners. Those who are going to be the most ready are the first responders, firefighters, police officers, because they are often criminal acts, “said the expert, indicating that” everyone is prepared “and that there will be decontamination lines at all event sites.
“Firefighters, whether in La Malbaie or Quebec City, are equipped to quickly decontaminate people before hospital transportation.”
“Tear gas is a chemical hazard, but we are getting ready for all the chemical risks.”
Public health wants to eliminate the presence of contaminants on the wounded before they enter the network.
“Anyone who has been contaminated with a chemical, including tear gas, must be decontaminated with water before being transported. That’s the first reflex, “she says.
However, the CIUSSS has provided that affected people can go to hospitals themselves.
“In the emergencies of the region, there will be decontamination also on site.” Moreover, it is the adverse effects of tear gas that particularly worry the public health authorities.
At the 2001 Summit of the Americas, a large number of citizens were greatly inconvenienced by smoke and several homes were contaminated.
“What we want is that it does not fit in the houses,” said Ms. Goupil-Sormany.
WHEN USING TEAR GAS
Here are the recommendations of public health.
To protect his house
- Close windows
- Turn off the air conditioners
- Turn off the air exchangers
If you are infected
- Remove clothes from below
- Put the clothes in a plastic bag
- Take a shower from top to bottom
- If your condition deteriorates, go to the hospital
If the house is contaminated
- Discard food that is not sealed
- Rent a vacuum cleaner to eliminate the presence of powder