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Critical care, intensive or continuous, services adapted to the patient’s state of gravity


DECRYPTION –Of the approximately 30,600 Covid patients hospitalized in France, 5,630 are treated in so-called “critical care” services.

To the a priori simple question “How many Covid patients are intubated in intensive care in France?”, there is a hospital organizational millefeuille as an answer. “There is the usual nomenclature and then, with the current crisis and the opening of ephemeral resuscitation beds, this has added to the confusion”, recognizes Professor Nicolas de Prost, intensive care physician at the University Hospital of Créteil.

Of the approximately 30,600 Covid patients hospitalized in France, 5,630 are treated in so-called “critical care” services. A term which means that their state of health is of great concern. Broadly speaking, there are three types of critical care units: intensive care units, continuing care units and intensive care units. Their common point: care is provided 24 hours a day. However, only resuscitations can take care of the most serious since they are the only ones to provide invasive mechanical ventilation.

The patient, whose

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