Hospitals and clinics are struggling to adapt to the 5th wave

Public and private phosphorize with the approach of the presidential election to propose an overhaul of the health system.

With 23,300 Covid patients currently treated in health establishments, including 4,000 patients in intensive care, the situation remains tense. “Hospital pressure remains very strong and could exceed in magnitude that of the first wave, alerted Wednesday Frédéric Valletoux, president of the French Hospital Federation (FHF), representing public hospitals. While we welcome 1,000 new patients a day, a figure that could rise to 5,000 in the coming days, we are approaching the record of 30,000 patients admitted to the hospital during the first wave. A threshold that could be exceeded by the end of January.»

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Admittedly, the duration of hospitalization is shorter, the Omicron variant, less severe than Delta, requires less heavy resuscitation, but hospitals must manage this influx of patients, in addition to winter epidemics, with staff exhausted by two years of health crisis. Despite a vaccination rate…

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