"Whatever we do, nearly 9,000 patients will be in intensive care in mid-November," Emmanuel Macron announced during his televised address on Wednesday.
Despite an increase in reception capacities, caregivers fear having to make choices between patients.
The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized in intensive care or intensive care has exceeded 3,000, with the number of patients having increased by 102 in the last 24 hours.
If the number of beds, already raised from 5,100 to 5,800 after the first epidemic wave, rose to 6,400 at the beginning of the week, the dynamics of the epidemic let fear the worst.
"Whatever we do, nearly 9,000 patients will be in intensive care in mid-November," Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday evening, before announcing general confinement.
Jean-Michel Constantin, head of the intensive care unit at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital, expresses his deep concern about Europe 1.
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The fear of sorting out patients
The second wave of the epidemic promises to be more violent than the first in March.
And doctors may have to choose between patients, as explained by Jean-Michel Constantin, head of the intensive care unit at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital.
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"The risk is that we will have to choose the patients who will be able to benefit from resuscitation", he confides at the microphone of Europe 1. "Unfortunately, given the dynamics of the epidemic for the two three weeks to come, that is to say before we have the beneficial effect of confinement, I fear that we will be forced to make choices that will pose problems on an ethical level, on a societal level and on a human level ".
If the situation does not arise yet, this prospect already haunts many caregivers.