toulouse Saturated with pediatric emergencies, CHU leadership calls for common sense

The pediatric emergency department of the Toulouse University Hospital has observed a 50 to 70% increase in activity over the past few weeks. (© Toulouse News / Lucie Fraisse)

A Appeal to common sense. For several months, the pediatric emergencies of theChildren’s Hospital records “completely abnormal activity”. toulouse. Isabelle Claudet, Head of Service at CHU, is concerned about this pressure on the establishment of Purpan.

“Thursday we had 212 passages of children during the day, it has been like this since mid-September! This is an abnormal situation with activity 50-70% above the usual average. We have more than 200 passages every day. »

Covid, flu, stomach…

Several factors have been put forward to explain this constant pressure for more than 6 months. First of all, there is the epidemiological course, which puts a strain on the overall condition of the hospital. Covid, flu, gastrointestinal epidemics spread over time, burdening the entire profession and in particular free medicine, which is called to relieve the emergency services.

“They (liberal doctors) are also under this general pressure. They have fewer slots and some offices close before 8 p.m., the start of our hospital stay…”

Isabelle Claudet in charge of pediatric emergencies at the University Hospital of Toulouse


Concerned about this situation, Isabelle Claudet advises parents who get an appointment with their doctor to wait “as long as possible”.

Even though “most visits are relevant,” pediatric emergencies urge patients to see their GP as often as possible. Especially when it comes to weekday visits. “Some people have an appointment within 24 or 48 hours but still get to the emergency room…”

According to the naturopath, it is “absolutely necessary to have a nursing home in the Purpan area. It is the answer to the needs of the population. »

“Architecturally we’re not that big to accommodate that many children, it’s a hospital that’s over 20 years old…”

Isabelle Claudet in charge of pediatric emergencies at the University Hospital of Toulouse

tired workforce

This intense hospital pressure naturally impacts CHU staff and pediatric emergencies. “It’s difficult for everyone, makes Isabelle Claudet sad. There is a certain physical and psychological exhaustion among the nurses. It’s also complicated for the doctors because the situation is tough…”

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“It is difficult for young professionals. We try to keep them motivated despite this situation… It gets really complicated in everyday life. »

Isabelle Claudet in charge of pediatric emergencies at the University Hospital of Toulouse

According to the practitioner, this physical and mental fatigue, which is already burdening the workforce, could drag on over time, with consequences to be expected “in 4 or 5 years”. To avoid extra pressure on their shoulders, CHU simply asks for… patience.

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