The witness of the truth of professor Xavier Lescure (click on the link to listen to the audio recording), department of infectious and tropical diseases at the hospital Xavier Bichat, AP-HP, Paris, a report on France Info broadcast on 17 April 2020, approximately ten days after the peak of the death covid-19 to hospital :
On the 28th of march, Edouard Philippe explained in press conference that our capacity of resuscitation in France was of 5,000 beds.
Olivier Véran continues by saying that “the réanimations are services of medicine in which it is possible to hospitalize patients in a state of very severe, sometimes going up to put in induced coma and proceed to what is called intubation and mechanical ventilation to help them breathe… The capacity of France in the icu have been increased thanks to the deprogramming [of ” non-emergency “] and thanks to the mobilization of all hospitals, with 10,000 beds. Now, we want to reach a goal of 14,000 to 14,500 beds of resuscitation throughout the national territory “.
At the second press conference, on the 19th of April, Edouard Philippe states that, usually, the capacity of réanimations is 5,000 beds, but most of these beds are occupied. So much so that the steering wheel available beds is estimated at 500. He foresaw the influx of patients covid-19 in respiratory distress in a serious condition at a height of 10,000 or more. So, it’s not famous in math our Edward. In fact, the target of an increased capacity of beds to deal with the wave would have had to be 4.500 + 10.000 = 14.500, instead of between 10,500 registered on the table next to the Prime Minister…
Katia Julienne, Director-general of the offer of care (DGOS), and therefore care, in particular hospitals, also declared the 23rd of April 2020, before the deputies of the parliamentary information mission that the bed capacity of resuscitation had been recorded between 10,500 beds.
What about 14.000 to 14.500 Olivier Véran ????
During his hearing by the Committee of investigation, two and a half months after the 1st press conference of Edouard Philippe, on June 16, 2020, the Director-general of health welcomed the feat of doubling the capacity of the bobbins.
Personally, knowing the high standards and the regulatory requirements which must comply with the réanimations and intensive care units, to all points of view, material, and equipment, personal cleanliness, I have never believed that we can in a few days or a few weeks double their capacity
To tell the truth, something was not right.
The answer to my question was to be provided by Dr. Lila BOUADMA, réanimatrice to the hospital Xavier BICHAT, AP-HP, Paris, france, who, speaking before the commission of inquiry of the National Assembly, has not maché its words :
“Each hospital, each structure of care, has gradually increased its capacity by finding beds in structures that are not adapted to the resuscitation, they quickly tried to adapt to the resuscitation “
The doctor intensivist continued :
“There, I think it is something that it is not necessary to renew and that we can now consider how we open up to beds, in what order, in what hospital, at what place. And adapt now to resuscitative care, which will not be as in intensive care, but that will be much better “.
Olivier Veran had taken up the march 28 issue of ” tensions on the supply of drugs “. The Minister of health has stated that “ some drugs are essential for the resuscitation ” and assured that ” every time a health-care facility makes us difficulties in supply, or informed us of difficulties on the stocks that remain, we do everything we can to provide him with this medication from inventory the national or local roots that we have “. He added that ” all companies that make medicines in France, in Europe as in the World, are fully mobilized… “
Lila BOUADMA confirmed to mps that ” a lot of intensivists, and in particular in his service, lacked drugs, neuromuscular blocking agents in special “
On respirators is also vital to the resuscitation of patients covid-19 in respiratory distress the most severely affected, the Minister on 28 march, was a guarantee that ” We have ridden the range all the respirators that we could climb in the range. We went to retrieve them wherever they were on the national territory respirators to make them available to hospitals as they were needed. Beyond that, we have passed orders to all producers and, in particular, a French producer, Air Liquide, with a command that covers more than a thousand respirators additional, it is at this price that we can pass the number of beds that are fitted with 10.000 to 14.000. And then, we also look abroad, across orders, but also through loans and I would like to thank our German colleagues that this morning we splurged for the region Grand-est 25 respirators should be very useful to patients “
But, here also, there is a far distance from the speech very policed the Minister who wants to be reassuring and convincing, to the sad reality that due to despair more of an intensivist or a réanimatrice…
Lila BOUADMAD ” respirators, of course, we nearly missed. In my service, asked every night whether we could ventilate the next patient. It has been used fans of the home that they had been asked by private companies. There are a number of fans that have been manufactured, fans of transportation made emergency, which are not adapted to the ventilation of patients who have the coronavirus in the acute phase… And then, above all, it is not enough to make resuscitation to have respirators. We could have 10.000, 30.000, we need people, we need doctors, we need nurses, we need oxygen bottles, and this one did not. Therefore, 10.000 fans, I don’t see it very well me personally, how we could put the staff behind. Here it is. “
This is not quite the testimony taken on the part of actors in the field, and we must salute the courage of Lila BOUADMA who had not failed before the national representation constituted commission of inquiry :
Finally, there were all of these transfers of patients in a critical state, which we do not know, moreover, how many will have survived, in helicopters, in military aircraft or TGV ” health “, since the regions submerged (Grand-est, Hauts-de-France, Île-de-France, Burgundy, Franche-Comté) to the west and the south-west, which are less affected or to countries that border them, still possessed of the capacity in the intensive care unit, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg.
Frankly, we do not organize such transfers if there is capacity in resuscitation…
Olivier Véran about these transfers, at the conference of 28 march :
In short, the hospitals, the réanimations have been submerged in water, unlike what we have been told.
The statement of the Head of State, as he was about the 13th of April to announce the déconfinement progressive from the may 11, according to which ” The French hospitals were able to heal all those who were “, was a lie State.
Even more, when we know that the older our fellow citizens have seen to close the doors of the hospital and réanimations…
Author(s): François Pesty for FranceSoir