From the SAMU to the intensive care unit, the CHU teams are prepared for the acceleration of the Covid-19 epidemic. But doctors and department heads remain vigilant about the ability of the health system to deal with staff exhaustion.
Doctor Eric Lecarpentier, head of the SAMU service at the Henri-Mondor hospital in Créteil (Val-de-Marne), takes a guilty look at his messy desk. He jokingly justifies himself: “In times of crisis, it is essential to prioritize. “ Then continues, more seriously: ” But above all you have to adapt. “
Since mid-January, its teams have been on the bridge to deal with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus epidemic, which occurred at the end of 2019 in the city of Wuhan, China. “It’s been a fortnight, three weeks, that we organize a ramp-up of the device,” he explains, Thursday, March 12. If its staff are experienced in crisis management – they were prepared for the H1N1 flu in 2009-2010 or for Ebola in 2014-2015 -, the Covid-19 however delivers them to an unprecedented health situation on the national territory “by its duration and extent ” .