When a person is the victim of major burns in Quebec, they are directed to one of two centres of expertise, one in Eastern Quebec and one in Western Quebec. Therefore, all victims located west of Trois-Rivières are directed to the centre of expertise in the west, located in Montreal.
The centre of expertise for people who are major burn victims in Western Quebec was established in 2005. This consortium is made up of the Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal (CHUM), the Hôpital de réadaptation Villa Medica and the Entraide Grands Brûlés association.
Following the incident, the major burn victim is first transported to the Hôtel-Dieu where they are treated with acute care. If the victim is a child, they are generally directed to the CHU – Sainte-Justine or the Hôpital de Montréal pour enfants. Afterwards, the adults are sent to Villa Medica. Children’s hospitals ensure their rehabilitation in their respective establishments or at the Rehabilitation Centre Marie Enfant for certain cases.
It’s important to mention that Entraide Grands Brûlés works in concert with hospitals, rehabilitation centres and CLSCs to offer continuous support to major burn victims and their loved ones, allowing them to accompany the patient and their family throughout the course of their rehabilitation.