Not a single resuscitation bed ” persistent “ more, or almost, was created during the second wave of the Covid-19 epidemic. This is the severe observation drawn up by the Syndicate of resuscitators, which must be made public Wednesday, November 18. According to a survey compiling the returns to 1is November of 114 resuscitation services in the territory – i.e. more than a third of these services -, the rise in power in recent months is based, in the same way as in March, solely on resuscitation “Ephemeral”. That is to say on the transformation of continuous surveillance or intensive care beds, thanks to a reinforcement of personnel.
“The second wave receding, we will start to close these beds, and if a third wave arrives, we will find ourselves in the same situation again”, alert Djillali Annane, president of the Union of resuscitators. The subject is all the more important as the saturation of resuscitation determined the two successive confinements decreed since March, he underlines.
Government speech contradicts
Ten months after the wave of the new coronavirus in the country, and while the second wave could have reached its epidemic peak, with a number of “Covid” patients in intensive care stabilized below 5,000 in recent days, these doctors, in first line in the health crisis, want to restore “The reality of increasing resuscitation capacities”. And contradict, in hollow, the government speech of a better preparation of the hospital for this epidemic rebound, with the passage to 5,800 “durable” beds in intensive care, against 5,000 until then.
Almost all of the intensive care units that responded to the survey thus reported no creation of additional so-called “permanent” beds, between 1is January and 1is November. The term designates beds armed with equipment in a resuscitation environment, i.e. a room of at least 20 square meters, but above all for which permanent staff have been assigned. Barely one or two beds in total would be expected to last, reports in the 114 responding departments (CHUs for three quarters, hospitals for the remaining quarter), which offer, in normal times, nearly 1 600 beds, and reached 2,220 beds in 1is November.
Could we do otherwise, in the urgency of the in-between waves? Another option is on the table, defend the resuscitators, who have little tasted the words of the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, on November 12, referring to these caregivers who “Do not ask us to increase the number of intensive care beds”, more “Especially to do everything possible to prevent patients from arriving at the hospital”.
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