Covid-19: private hospitals can increase their resuscitation capacities

Updated on 02/28/2021 at 11:47

Published on 2/28/2021 11:47 AM

At the Pasteur hospital in Nice, February 25, 2021
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Covid-19: private hospitals can increase their resuscitation capacities

02/28 at 11:47 am

Update 02/28 at 11:47 a.m.

“The private sector is there and the private sector can help”, assures the Federation of Private Hospitalization (FHP) on Sunday February 28, specifying that “if there were to be a new acceleration of the Covid-19 epidemic”, the sector “could upgrade its resuscitation services in order to have more beds”.

“Today we are between 1,500 and 2,000 intensive care beds dedicated to Covid patients and we can go up to 4,000”, detailed to AFP Lamine Gharbi, president of the FHP.

In Île-de-France, for example, placed under “enhanced surveillance” and where 791 people were in critical care on Friday according to figures from the Regional Health Agency (ARS), the private sector could take care of “up to 20, 30% of patients hospitalized in intensive care”, specifies Mr. Gharbi, adding that, during the first wave, this percentage had risen to 27%.


“To make room for resuscitation and mobilize staff”, clinics are deprogramming. “It goes from 20% to 50%”, he clarified.

And if private clinics can support the public hospital by taking Covid patients in intensive care, they can also do so in medicine, in follow-up care and take non-Covid surgical patients to relieve the hospital and avoid delays in care , according to the FHP.

“We can help, but there must also be goodwill from everyone on the ground. It is really important that, under the aegis of regional health agencies, there is cooperation between the public and the private, a regulation “, insists the president of the FHP.


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