The Pediatric Emergency Department of Toulouse University Hospital observed 50-70% more activity for several weeks. (© Toulouse News/Lucy Fries)

a Appeal to common sense. For several months, pediatric emergencies have been fromChildren’s Hospital Records “completely abnormal activity” in Toulouse. Isabel Claudette, Head of Service at CHU, Concerned about this pressure on the establishment of Burban.

“We had it on Thursday 212 syllables for children during the dayIt’s been like that since mid-September! This is an abnormal posture with activity 50 to 70% more than usual. We have, every day, more than 200 clips. »

Covid, flu, contagious…

Several factors have been put forward to explain this persistent stress over 6 months. First of all, there is the epidemiological sequence that burdens the hospital situation in general. Covid, influenza, gastrointestinal … Epidemics stretch over time and burden the entire profession and especially liberal medicine, which has been called to open the emergency services.

They (the liberal doctors) are also subjected to this generalized pressure. They have fewer turnaround times and some practices are closed before 8:00pm, the start of our hospital stay…”

Isabel Claudette Responsible for pediatric emergencies at the University Hospital of Toulouse

Recommendations

Concerned by this situation, Isabel Claudette advises parents who get appointments with their attending physician to wait “as long as possible.”

Even if “the majority of visits are relevant,” pediatric emergencies ask patients to refer to their regular physician as often as possible. Especially when it comes to weekday visits. “Some people have appointments in 24 or 48 hours, but still show up to the emergency room…”

According to the healthcare professional, “It is absolutely necessary to have a nursing home in the Bhurban sector. It is the response to the needs of the population.”

“Architecturally, we’re not the size to take in a lot of kids, it’s a 20-plus-year-old hospital…”

Isabel Claudette Responsible for pediatric emergencies at the University Hospital of Toulouse

Tired Workforce

Of course, this strong hospital pressure has an impact on CHU staff and pediatric emergencies. “It is difficult for everyone, Isabel Claudette grieved. There is some physical and psychological exhaustion among the nurses. It is also complicated for the doctors because the situation is difficult…”

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“It’s hard for young professionals. We try to keep them motivated despite this situation… On a daily basis, it gets really complicated.”

Isabel Claudette Responsible for pediatric emergencies at the University Hospital of Toulouse

According to the practitioner, this physical and psychological fatigue, already burdening the workforce, can persist over time with consequences expected “within 4 or 5 years”. To avoid extra stress on their shoulders, CHU simply asks…patience.

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