Yasmina Kattou // Photo credit: ARNAUD LE VU / HANS LUCAS / HANS LUCAS VIA AFP 09:37, September 18, 2023, modified at 09:37, September 18, 2023

How to reduce waiting times for some surgeries? In Le Mans, for the first time in France, nurses replace doctors for certain tasks, for mini-surgeries, routine operations. Delegations that have many advantages for doctors, nurses, but also and especially for patients.

In a traditional consultation room, next to his desk and computer, Jimmy Guibert, an interventional cardiology nurse, sets up his equipment and prepares on the examination table, the operation field at the level of his patient's chest. A scalpel incision barely six millimeters wide to slide the five-centimeter-long device under the skin. The small prosthesis is implanted in a few seconds, an operation that was possible thanks to training followed by the nurse.

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For several months, Jimmy Guibert observed and analyzed the doctors' actions, including those of Dr. Amelot. For this cardiologist, delegating this manipulation has several advantages: "the interest is that we can devote ourselves to other tasks such as consultations and shorten their time of care". Today, on average, it takes six months to get an appointment for a heart monitor implantation.

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With the delegation to nurses, the objective is to reduce this period to one month.