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caregiver health at the challenge of continuity of care

When the pressure subsides after the epidemic, the management of front-line staff by hospitals will be another area of ​​health concern.

Through Guillaume Mollaret

Wetsuit, gloves, mask and glasses: the work clothes of a nurse from the Lenval pediatric hospital in Nice.
Wetsuit, gloves, mask and glasses: the work clothes of a nurse from the Lenval pediatric hospital in Nice. ERIC GAILLARD / REUTERS

This is a taboo subject at the Regional Health Agency (ARS) Occitanie. Asked by Le Figaro for the cases of nursing staff affected by the Covid-19, the administration has been silent for two days. However, the protection of healthcare personnel constitutes a major issue of continuity of care. Tuesday, the positive diagnosis with the coronavirus, of a doctor of the service of infectious and tropical diseases of the CHU of Nîmes, a service precisely in charge of patients affected by this same virus, resulted, according to our information that the ARS did not not wish to confirm or deny, screening by nasopharyngeal swab of all staff having been in direct contact with this doctor.

On paper, such an approach seems relevant. However, it involves a risk: that of seeing the hospital empty of its specialists, whether they are doctors, nurses or nursing assistants since the fortnight or hospitalization, depending on the severity of the symptoms,

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