As the peak of the second wave of the Covid-19 epidemic has been exceeded, the Regional Health Agency of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes now allows the recovery in the Loire where many elective and outpatient operations had been unscheduled. As specified France Blue Loire, this return is carried out very gradually, in order to avoid saturation of hospitals.
50 to 60% of the activity
Professionals are currently giving priority to light surgery. Ambulatory surgery, which allows the patient to leave the hospital a few hours after his operation, should be favored. According to Rémi Philippot, head of the operating theaters at the Saint-Etienne CHU, it would be a recovery ” progressive of the order of 50 to 60% of the activity “. In orthopedics, his specialty, the doctor specifies that between 350 and 400 operations had been postponed during the health crisis.
At the Loire private hospital, outpatient operations were able to resume this Monday, December 7, in two thirds of the blocks. The last third remaining ready to quickly welcome new Covid patients. This drop in the number of cases may also allow the nursing staff of the department to finally take leave.