Avaler de travers, fausse route,… Derrière cette expression courante, se cache en réalité une série de dysfonctionnements aux causes multiples.
La déglutition est une mécanique très complexe, qui permet aux aliments de suivre le bon chemin, dans l’œsophage.

Should you have a problem

Call the Children’s Hospital immediately if:

  • Your cast breaks, hurts or irritates your skin, smells bad or has become too big (the limb moves inside).
  • You can feel the cast pressing against a part of the limb, or a small object has become stuck in the cast.
  • You continue to experience strong pain even though you’ve raised the fractured limb (see drawing) and taken the prescribed painkillers.
  • You can’t move your fingers or toes anymore, or they prickle, are swollen, cold or blue or white (they should be pink-coloured).


  • Don’t lean on your cast, unless you have a shoecast. surveillance de plâtre - la jambe
  • Contract the thigh muscle as often as possible – at least 10 times in a row and 10 times a day – to prevent muscle loss.
  • After walking somewhere, don’t leave your leg dangling or your toes may swell.

Prevention and control of infection


Mission of the Infection Prevention and Control Division

The Infection Prevention and Control Division is responsible for the control and prevention of infections and reservoirs of drug-resistant microorganisms in hospitals. Preventing the risk of infection applies to patients, visitors and staff.

The main missions of this activity are: 

  • monitoring and prevention of hospital infections, also known as nosocomial or care-related, endemic infections; 
  • detection, investigation, correction and prevention of epidemic infections; 
  • control of resistance to and the use of anti-infectious agents, with regard to multi-drug-resistant microorganisms; 
  • training, teaching and educating medical and health care personnel in the field; 
  • resolution of hospital hygiene problems by tailoring recommendations to the specific characteristics of sectors; 
  • improving quality of care and medical/health care and technical procedures with regard to the risk of infection; 
  • applied research and the development of preventive measures; 
  • promoting quality of care and professional knowledge applied to the field of infection prevention.

The IPCD also has a consulting service that extends to the environment and building hygiene sector.

Last IPCD activity report