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Oct 26, 2022

When you have to shut down a hospital operating room (OR) because there’s so much wildfire smoke your instruments can’t be kept sterile, you know climate change is affecting health care.

“That actually happened in my OR,” said Dr. Alika Lafontaine, president of the Canadian Medical Association.

Lafontaine recalled phoning facilities to find out whether or not their filtration was set to the right level, and trying to tell if the smell of smoke was a predicator of danger.

“These things are out of the norm, so you don’t think about them — until they happen.”

Lafontaine echoed a warning in research released Tuesday from one of the world’s top medical journals.

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