“It’s a busy day, we have a lot of admissions to the Covid unit,” says Dr. Andrea Della Vecchia, infectious disease specialist at Iris Sud Hospitals (HIS). Since the start of the crisis, the T31 unit dedicated to cardiopneumology has only accepted patients with coronavirus. Faced with this continuing health crisis, fatigue accumulates and weariness marks faces masked caregivers of Etterbeek-Ixelles hospital which is part of the network (HIS). But in the corridors, the caregivers try not to be defeated. “We live day to day to hold out. We cannot project ourselves otherwise we risk losing morale, ”said Patricia Blondelet, head nurse in the Covid unit at HIS.
During the first wave, the equipment (gloves, masks, gel, protection) was sorely lacking. In the second wave, this problem gave way to a new challenge: lack of staff. “With each new wave, we have a little less people. Intensive care is saturated by a lack of nurses and motivation. Many have stopped working, ”points out Dr. Marc Vekemans, infectious disease specialist at HIS. Consequence: a large proportion of operating theaters are closed in order to “retrain” personnel.
►► In this Covid unit, they encourage people to get vaccinated.
►► REPORT: immersed in the Covid unit of the Etterbeek-Ixelles hospital.