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Canada Coronavirus in Lyon: The situation is deteriorating sharply in intensive care in the second CHU of France

19:41  20 october  2020
19:41  20 october  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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According to the weekly update of the Hospices Civils de Lyon, the intensive care units are almost full. Transfers of patients to other departments have started

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The dreaded scenario a few weeks ago in Lyon, as in other metropolises strongly affected by the coronavirus epidemic, seems to become reality in the second CHU in France . As of October 19, "the overall occupancy rate of intensive care units is 94.1%", the Hospices Civils de Lyon (HCL) indicated on Tuesday in a weekly report of followed by Covid-19.

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Of the 169 beds open in intensive care (thirty more than normal), nearly 46% are occupied by Covid + patients compared to 38% a week ago. The second epidemic wave therefore seems to be confirmed in the metropolis of Lyon, where other pathologies also greatly occupy staff. A worrying situation with the approach of winter epidemics leading each year to increased activity in hospitals, in intensive care in particular.

First transfers of patients to other departments

Among the other indicators closely monitored by the management of the HCL, hospitalizations of patients infected with the coronavirus have also increased during the last week, with 345 people received from October 19 to l hospital, rehabilitation and follow-up and rehabilitation care (235 on October 12). At the Samu, calls related to Covid have increased by nearly 20% over the past week and in emergencies, the proportion of Covid + patients among those received is also increasing, but less markedly.

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Faced with this situation, the HCLs, which have already deprogrammed certain non-emergency interventions, like other establishments in the Rhône, have recently started to transfer patients to other less affected departments. In recent days, patients from the Edouard-Herriot hospital have notably been transported to the Chambéry hospital in Savoie, according to the director of the Lyon hospital interviewed on Monday by France 3.

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To limit the spread of the virus and prevent asphyxiation of hospitals, doctors from Auvergne Rhône-Alpes on Monday launched a call for "national union" and posted an petition for ask for the support of the population. They particularly insisted on the importance of barrier gestures and more restrictive protection measures, such as the curfew, in force in the metropolis of Lyon, but also in Grenoble and Saint-Etienne, since last Saturday.

"I know that the measures are difficult for many of our fellow citizens but if we do not all fight together, it will be worse", warns the president of the medical commission of establishment of the HCL, at the origin of this "call for fellow citizens ".

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