Overcrowded hospitals: staff under high pressure

Overcrowded hospitals: staff under high pressure

Faced with epidemics of respiratory diseases, hospitals are overloaded. And if the number of closed beds is relatively small, it is at the cost of tight planning and staff dedication.

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VSovid, bronchiolitis, flu… respiratory diseases follow one another in recent weeks. To the point of overloading – even more – the first line of care, but also of jeopardizing the organization of hospital care. Some hospitals have also announced the closure of beds, or even entire units. A disaster ? Marcel Van der Auwera, head of service at the Health Care Directorate General of the Ministry of Public Health, puts things into perspective. It was he who, in the midst of the covid rush, coordinated the Hospital & Transport Surge Capacity Committee, the federal authority responsible for managing hospital capacities as well as possible.

Have we returned to the height of covid when a large part of the staff was assigned to the management of the epidemic?

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