At night, another Achilles heel of the hospital

DECRYPTION – A cutting-edge AP-HP service threatens to close for lack of night nurses. But the problem is systemic.

“Not wanting firm service is not enough to keep it open.” The team from the clinical immuno-pathology department at Saint-Louis hospital in Paris is worried: at 1er June, this unique service in Île-de-France, which takes care of immunocompromised patients, hematological cancers and rare immune diseases, is threatened with closure for lack of night nurses in sufficient numbers. The day team is complete, but out of 12 night nurses, 11 have left, half for personal reasons, the others after a change in schedules requested by the day team: from three teams working twice 7 hours during the day and 10 hours at night, two teams now work 12 hours each.

Faced with the nocturnal hemorrhage, the number of beds has fallen from 23 to 14 and the day team has been taking turns for months to ensure the nights. But she warns: at 1er June is over, the schedules will not be filled. “I did two months of nights in June…

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