The regional health agency (ARS) of Ile-de-France has asked the Ile-de-France health establishments “to deprogram as much of the surgical and medical activities as possible” from Monday.
With 4,044 Covid patients hospitalized Thursday evening, including 732 in critical care, “the situation is very worrying”, underlines the ARS in a message sent to all hospitals and clinics in the region.
“Level 2”, corresponding to “50% of critical care beds occupied by Covid patients”, is about to be taken “in the coming days”. To make matters worse, the establishments are also under “very strong tensions on human resources”, in particular nurses, and the “epidemic peak on the flu”.
So many reasons which led the ARS to ask “to deprogram as much as possible of the surgical and medical activities (including ambulatory) programmed next week which can be”, while preserving “for the moment” certain specialties such as oncology. , transplants, cardiac surgery, pediatrics and nephrology.
“Necessary” sacrifices in order to “reassign staff and open new beds to accommodate new Covid patients”, knowing that “the peak of the wave will arrive at the end of January-beginning of February” according to forecasts from the Institut Pasteur, “this which means that the establishments must hold out for several more weeks ”.
The Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP) had already ordered their department heads on Wednesday to “limit the activity scheduled for next week to treatments for which a vital prognosis is at stake, with the maintenance as far as possible transplantation activities ”.
The largest French hospital group is facing “extremely strong tensions”, as evidenced by “critical care beds all occupied”, but also the number of calls to the Samu “considerably higher than usual” at the end of the day. ‘year and “the number of stretcher beds in emergency departments regularly above 100 in the morning”.