Doctors warn that hospitals could be overwhelmed as France prepares for a third blockade


ICU Healthcare Workers at aCambrai Hospital, France-REUTERS / Pascal Rossignol

ICU Healthcare Workers at aCambrai Hospital, France-REUTERS / Pascal Rossignol

French hospital staff warned that the latest wave of coronavirus infections is out of control and will soon be forced to prioritize which patients to treat when the country enters the country. The third national blockade on the weekend.

France recorded more than 46,000 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, affecting 5,273 people in the ICU. In an interview with France’s Radio France Inter last week, Health Minister Olivier Véran said he expects cases to peak within the next two weeks.

“We are doing everything we can to reach the peak by the end of April, so we will have more freedom in May,” said Belan.

However, emergency physicians say the next few weeks will be even more difficult than the first and second waves.

Jordan Nahum, a resident of Rene Dubo Hospital on the outskirts of Paris, said the hospital’s 32 ICU beds were all full and medical staff were already forced to “triage” or prioritize among patients. Stated.

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Coronavirus France Spotlight Chart-Case Default

“I just don’t have enough beds,” Nahum said, adding that he was also worried about the lack of nursing staff.

“Even before Covid, it was a tough job and it didn’t cost much, so there was a shortage of nurses,” Nahoum said. “But now more people have quit because of the crisis.”

In an editorial published in Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD) at the end of last month, 41 intensive care unit (ICU) doctors immediately “became health care workers” if the French government did not impose the previous strict blockade. It will force you to decide which patients should live and which patients should live. ” “

In the Paris region alone, ICU has reached more than 140% capacity.

The rapid acceleration is due to the spread of the more contagious so-called British variants that have become dominant in France.

New measures include national travel restrictions that limit people to 10 kilometers (6 miles) from their homes, and closure of schools and unwanted stores.

According to a survey released last fall, nearly 40% of French nursing staff wanted to “quit” because of the stress of a coronavirus pandemic.

Ines, a former emergency nurse who quit last fall because of burnout, described the ICU situation as a “nightmare.”

Healthcare professionals will take care of COVID-19 patients after being helicopted from the Ile-de-France region to Angers Hospital in France on March 15.

Healthcare professionals will take care of COVID-19 patients after being helicopted from the Ile-de-France region to Angers Hospital in France on March 15.

She said she was concerned that the third wave could be “extremely dangerous,” partly because hospital staff “have no more power to give.”

The number of ICU patients in the Paris region can reach 2,700-4,400, according to estimates by the Paris public hospital authorities AP-HP.

President Emmanuel Macron We promised to increase the number of ICU beds nationwide from 7,000 to 10,000.

He also promised to speed up the country’s slow vaccination campaign. Over 13% of the French population receive the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, compared to 45% in the UK.

The French government has set a goal of immunizing 30 million people, almost half of the population, by mid-June.

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