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In a column published Sunday by the JDD, 41 crisis medical directors of the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) evoke a "situation of disaster medicine". They say they are preparing to have to "sort out patients in order to save as many lives as possible", while the number of patients in intensive care is now approaching that of the peak of the second wave. </p><div> <p>The third epidemic wave is inexorably rising in France and could overwhelm hospitals in the Paris region according to some forty doctors, who warn in a column published on Sunday March 28 in the Journal du dimanche that they are preparing to have to sort out patients.
Despite the new restrictions implemented in 19 departments, France recorded on Sunday a new increase in entries into intensive care units, which now have 4,872 patients against 4,791 on Saturday. A figure which is close to that of the second wave in the fall which peaked on November 16 at 4,903 patients.
“In the next two weeks, the contaminations having already taken place, we have a virtual certainty on the number of critical care beds that will be necessary and we already know that our care capacities will be exceeded at the end. of this period “, write 41 resuscitators and emergency physicians working in the hospitals of the Public Assistance-Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP).
“Save as many lives as possible”
“In this disaster medicine situation where there will be a glaring mismatch between needs and available resources, we will be forced to sort out patients in order to save as many lives as possible,” they add.
This sorting, they continue, will concern all patients, including those who are not affected by Covid-19. “We have never experienced such a situation, even during the worst attacks suffered in recent years”, underline the practitioners responsible for managing the crisis. “We cannot remain silent without betraying the Hippocratic Oath we once took.”
Calls for a tightening of restriction measures are increasing in France to curb the epidemic while the government has opted for the moment for partial and local containment measures.
In an interview with the JDD on Friday evening, Emmanuel Macron again defended his decision not to reconfigure the country, adding that no decision had been taken at this stage on the adoption of new measures.
“For the next few days, we will look at the effectiveness of the braking measures and we will take the necessary ones if necessary,” the Head of State told JDD. “But at this hour, nothing is decided.”
A new defense council is scheduled for Wednesday.
With Reuters and AFP
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