Coronavirus: at Henri-Mondor hospital, “we are aware that the height of the wave will be important”

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 ” .