Medical transfers of Covid patients: is the authorization of families compulsory?


THE CHEKING PROCESS – Only about forty evacuations of Covid-19 patients to less saturated hospitals have been carried out since mid-March, the will of the government colliding with the refusal of families. Do these transfers really have to be made?

THE QUESTION. Transfer Covid-19 patients to other less saturated regions? “In 99% of cases families refuse, declared in mid-March Prof. Yves Cohen, head of the intensive care unit at the Avicenne hospital in Bobigny, in Le Figaro . It’s a drop of water, communication. ” The evacuation of patients to relieve the resuscitation services of Île-de-France and other most affected regions had yet been announced with great fanfare by the Ministry of Health. Olivier Véran promised on March 11 “hundreds of transfers. ” However, between these announcements and March 31, only 38 evacuations had been carried out according to the Directorate General of Health (DGS). By comparison, 658 transfers had taken place in a month a year ago, at the peak of the first wave.

At the time, families and patients were not consulted, unlike today, when many are opposed to the transfer. In an attempt to convince them, the AP-HP undertook to take charge of the train

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