Covid-19: are resuscitation services really saturated?

THE CHEKING PROCESS – The peak of the second wave has been crossed with more than 5,000 patients in intensive care. However, some recall that this toll had risen to 7,000 in April 2020.

THE QUESTION. It is a course that does not bode well. This Tuesday the threshold of 5,000 patients in critical care was reached, after having exceeded the peak of the second wave the day before. On November 16, in fact, 4,974 patients were taken care of in the intensive care units. At the time, the contaminations were already clearly ebbing. Today, they are soaring, while the occupancy rates of “sheaves»Explode: we are close to 100% in mainland France, we even exceed 149% in Hauts-de-France and 133% in Île-de-France.

Reading these figures, we can already imagine the hospital corridors cluttered with stretchers, the difficult choice of patients to be saved, the surge in deaths … However, the cries of alarm from hospital doctors in the Ile-de-France region on the specter of sorting out patients – “a red line“According to the Minister of the Economy – divide. And some recall that up to 7,000 people were taken care of in intensive care in April 2020. Have we really reached saturation?

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