Note from Michael Feb 16, 2023 | Canada Games Preparation

From the desk of Dr. Michael Gardam, Health PEI CEO


Notes from MichaelHi everybody,

The Canada Games are well upon us -- and there may even be snow for it!

You may have been wondering how the Games could impact health care services. We have been asking that question for several months now and our emergency management team and clinical operations leaders have met and reviewed data from previous Canada Games which indicate that similar events haven’t resulted in large volumes of patients needing care. There are always some accidents and injuries among athletes associated with the Games, given the nature of sport, but the Games have dedicated clinical support for the athletes for minor issues. 

We realize that many people are taking time off during the next two weeks. However, the numbers are a lot lower than during Christmas and Summer vacation. Similarly, while there will be thousands of visitors during the games, the volumes are expected to be less than during our busy summer months and will be much shorter in duration.

As always, should the worst happen, like a mass casualty event, our All Hazards Plan and Code Orange protocols kick in.

Overall, we’re confident that the impact of the games will be manageable, within the context of our already stretched system, and we’re keeping a watchful eye on the events. 

To all those volunteering in the Games: thank you and good luck! Taking part in such a significant wellness oriented event is a great way to be role models for health in our communities. Bravo!



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