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Covid-19: "We don't clarify to firefighters the right way to put out the hearth at Notre-Dame"

"Insult", "ignorance", "contempt". On the finish of the telephone, Dr. François Braun didn’t take coronary heart when he discovered {that a} report by the firefighters castigated the administration of the Covid-19 disaster and the function of the 15. President of the Samu-urgences de France union, and head of the emergency division of Metz-Thionville hospital (Moselle), he regrets these “provocations” to the detriment of sufferers.

Have been firefighters underemployed throughout this epidemic?

FRANÇOIS BRAUN. In fact not. On the very starting, we had few severe instances, particularly apprehensive calls. In Paris, the firefighters clearly advised us that it was not their function to intervene, that they had been doing assist, not well being. They excluded themselves and we organized ourselves accordingly. Quite the opposite, in different departments, comparable to mine, the firefighters have largely participated within the care of the sick, coming to strengthen the Samu.

In line with the firefighters, the Samu from Ile-de-France had been so swamped with calls that they didn’t reply for a month. What's your response ?

This reveals a complete ignorance of our regulatory work. Even on the peak of the disaster, with a variety of calls to 15 multiplied by 4, we have now at all times taken care of great instances. Those that known as for data or as a result of they had been anxious, could possibly be known as an hour later. We handled the emergency as a precedence. It's regular. This technique allowed us to keep away from lengthy queues in entrance of hospitals, with sufferers who contaminate themselves as in Italy. If folks had not managed to succeed in us, the hearth brigade switchboard would have exploded, the inhabitants would have screamed. Nonetheless, the figures present that there have been no more calls to 18. When we have now this report, we’ll look at it intently. We don’t chorus from submitting a criticism in opposition to these abusive remarks.

Consequence of those ready instances, say the firefighters, different sufferers, in life-threatening emergency, victims of cardiac arrests, couldn’t attain the 15th and "died normally indifference" …

It's improper! I need proof: who? when? How? 'Or' What? The cardiac arrest register in France reveals that the figures are the identical as final yr. No, there was no lack of luck. I refuse to enter into the sport of this sterile provocation.

The report questions the choice to switch sufferers to different areas, regardless that close by clinics may have accommodated them. Is that the case ?

We don’t clarify to the firefighters the right way to extinguish the hearth at Notre-Dame once they cease giving us classes on care. On these medical evacuations, we’re beginning a survey with the Faculty of Superior Research in Public Well being in Rennes, piloted by the Ministry of Well being, on the 650 transfers which have taken place between areas and overseas. We already know that they didn’t trigger further deaths. It’s believed that they saved many individuals. And we’ll show it. , I used to be on the coronary heart of this disaster. Within the clinics in Moselle, there have been no extra locations in intensive care both.

Tools and personnel had been missing in all places. Both we put in beds within the corridors, with moveable respirators, "low-cost" resuscitation or we despatched them to different hospitals with actual rooms and caregivers obtainable. We made this second alternative to present them each likelihood of restoration. To talk of an outburst is to despise well being professionals, the ache of the sick and their family members. It’s a slap within the face of everybody.

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