At the North hospital in Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône), services are on the verge of saturation. In the intensive care unit, seven out of 10 beds are occupied by Covid-19 patients. To unclog the service, 20% of patients were transferred to private clinics. “Today, it is not the material that is lacking, it is above all human resources. We lack nurses qualified in intensive care, we lack nursing assistants, but also doctors “, estimates the doctor Jean-Marie Faurel, of the unit of intensive medicine and resuscitation of the North hospital.
The hospital has recruited a hundred caregivers as reinforcements, but the situation is worrying with more than 130 people in intensive care in the department. “In the Bouches-du-Rhône, where the situation is much more troublesome, to give you an idea, we have only ten beds left for Covid-19 patients, around thirty in total out of 300”, explains Professor Laurent Papazian, head of intensive care at the North hospital in Marseille.
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