Carried by Omicron, the fifth wave of the Covid-19 epidemic is sweeping over France. While “level 2”, corresponding to “50% of critical care beds occupied by Covid patients” will be crossed “in the coming days”, the Regional Health Agency (ARS) of Ile-de-France asks a “maximum” of deprogramming in hospitals from this Monday, January 3.
In a message sent to all establishments in the region, the body describes a “very worrying” situation, with 4,044 Covid patients hospitalized on Thursday evening, including 732 in critical care. Hospitals and clinics are also under “very strong strains on human resources”, in particular nurses, and the “peak of the flu epidemic”.
#COVID19 | 50% of critical care beds occupied by Covid patients in IdF: the ARS asks establishments to deprogram non-emergency operations to face the wave #omicron and recalls that the best protection against hospitalization is #vaccination
– ARS Île-de-France (@ARS_IDF) December 31, 2021
The fact of “deprogramming as much as possible of the planned surgical and medical activities (including ambulatory) [cette semaine]”Should make it possible to” reassign staff and open new beds to accommodate new Covid patients “.
In doing so, the ARS anticipates the peak of the wave of contaminations, expected “at the end of January / beginning of February” according to the forecasts of the Pasteur Institute and “mid-January” according to that of the epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet. In any event, this means “that the establishments must hold out for several more weeks”.
“For now”, certain specialties such as oncology, transplants, cardiac surgery, pediatrics and nephrology are preserved. Nevertheless, since last Wednesday, the Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP) have asked their department heads to “limit the scheduled activity [cette semaine] treatment for which a vital prognosis is at stake, with the maintenance as far as possible of transplantation activities ”.
According to the ARS press release, the Ile-de-France hospital group is facing “extremely strong tensions”. As proof, the authority cites the “critical care beds all occupied”, the number of calls to the Samu “considerably higher than usual” at the end of the year and “the number of stretcher beds in the services of emergency regularly above 100 in the morning ”.