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Langley care home mistakes corrected following repeated safety protocol violations: Fraser Health

Last Updated Sep 17, 2020 at 5:08 pm PDT

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Summary

A leaked report suggests mistakes were made during B.C.'s deadliest COVID-19 outbreak where 26 people died

Fraser Health says stronger safety measures are in place at Langley Lodge and mistakes have been corrected

No disciplinary action has been taken against one infected nurse accused of repeatedly violating safety protocols

LANGLEY (NEWS 1130) — Mistakes made during B.C.’s deadliest outbreak of COVID-19 have been corrected, according to the Fraser Health Authority.

After a confidential 30-page report was leaked to Glacier Media, the health authority says stronger safety measures are in place at Langley Lodge where 26 people died as a result of the outbreak.

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The head of regional care integration, Norm Peters, says numerous changes have already been made.

“We’re providing onsite audits and education. If there is transmission, for the vast majority of our facilities, we’ve not only prevented transmission into the facility, but if it does occur, we were quickly able to contain it.”


Peters admits other problems include staffing shortages linked to the province’s single site work order, which keeps care homes from sharing employees.

“The infrastructure itself is not similar to what we would see in acute care. We stress on creating home-like environments and at times, that challenges space that’s available for the storage of equipment. Is it acceptable that those items were in the same room? No, it is not.”


The report also describes employees not being able keep dementia patients from wandering and possibly spreading the virus.

But Norm Peters says moving those seniors to an isolated ward at a hospital is not good for their already fragile mental health.

“We also have a focus on ensuring that our acute care capacity is available for people needing acute care treatment. It is best to first prevent the transmission of COVID. Second, if you’re in an outbreak, to effectively manage it and the site, which was done in the overall majority of facilities.”

Peters confirms no disciplinary action has been taken against one infected nurse accused of repeatedly violating safety and screening protocols.

The outbreak was declared over in July.