Between traditional winter pathologies and the new wave of Covid-19, hospital emergencies are always full in Toulouse. In children, the peak of the bronchiolitis epidemic has passed.
No lull planned for the awakening of the 31st. In the emergency room of the Toulouse University Hospital (CHU), the medical and nursing teams are preparing to move on to the New Year in an always tense context: high attendance, difficulty in finding beds hospitalization for the sick, tired staff, traditional winter pathologies (influenza, respiratory ailments, gastroenteritis) and a lasting Covid-19 epidemic.
“Emergency room attendance was reasonable during the first week of vacation but the figures have been going up for a few days. We have recorded between 320 and 360 visits per day on the two sites of Purpan and Rangueil, including ten patients. explosion but this is added in a tense context and before a larger wave expected in January. “agility and adaptability”, summarizes Professor Sandrine Charpentier, head of the emergency medicine department of the Toulouse University Hospital.
Parents in need, without a doctor
In pediatrics, a lull is emerging, linked to the drop in the number of babies affected by bronchiolitis. “Usually, for bronchiolitis, the peak was reached at Christmas. This year, the epidemic started earlier and our models told us that the peak is behind us: we went from 240 passages per day to 170”, explains Prof. Isabelle Claudet, head of pediatric emergencies at Toulouse University Hospital, who wonders about the lack of liberal medical regulation in the area. “While we are in white plan, level 4, that everyone in the hospital is scrambling to have the necessary staff, I do not understand why certain territories find themselves without doctors during the holidays. Too many parents tell us that ‘ they are forced to come to the emergency room because they have not found a doctor “, continues Professor Isabelle Claudet.