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Tri-County Vanguard - 2021-11-24

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Thumbs up: Mental health awareness Thumbs down: Emergency visit pressures

TIt's nice to see the organization Fish Safe NS, which focuses on the physical safety and wellbeing of those in the fishing industry, is now also drawing attention to their mental health wellbeing as well. It has launched a new program focusing on mental health. There is much stress on the shoulders of those within the industry, which can impact a person's mental health. Then, more tragically, there are the injuries and deaths that occur in the industry, which also impacts those within the industry. There is no rule that says people in the fishing industry should keep their feelings bottled up. It's just the opposite, it is good and important to share your feelings and to acknowledge them. Any awareness that can be brought to mental wellness within the industry, and any support that can be offered, is a good thing. And also, long overdue. Last Friday, Nova Scotia Health said hospitals continue to see higher than normal emergency visits and demands for hospital beds across the province, resulting in delays in care including some surgical services. “Staffing challenges also continue, including nursing vacancies, that have been made worse by the pandemic,” Nova Scotia Health said. “Unfortunately, these pressures mean we must continue to delay some surgeries requiring hospital admissions and postpone some nonurgent procedures in some areas.” In the Western Zone, some surgeries have been delayed due to increased COVID-19 activity and staffing shortages. In Central and Northern Zones, Nova Scotia Health is continually reviewing scheduled surgeries to ensure cases can proceed based on capacity. An increase in admissions also means that surgical beds are often used to care for other patients. “Cancer and other time-sensitive surgeries that cannot be delayed will continue, but many elective and same-day procedures are on hold for the next several weeks,” reads a media release. “This is necessary to create the inpatient capacity we will require to maintain flow and allow for continued emergency care.”

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