Bronchiolitis epidemic: activation of the regional close steering cell

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Bronchiolitis epidemic: activation of the regional close steering cell

CRAPS makes it possible to closely monitor the evolution of the bronchiolitis epidemic in our region and to mobilize health professionals in this context.

The organization put in place by ARS Paca will make it possible to anticipate any tensions in the supply of care and to ensure their management. Concretely, the regional cell deployed by the ARS will be responsible for:

  • Define the regional organization to ensure the care of newborns, infants, young children from 1 month to 2 years affected by the epidemic and particularly patients with severe forms;
  • Mobilize the health professionals concerned (SAMU, health establishments, liberal professionals) and determine the operational objectives for each of them;
  • Anticipating the phenomena of tension by organizing in particular the adaptation of hospitalization capacities to guarantee a balance between health needs and care capacities;
  • Organize the strengthening of health surveillance by ensuring the regular reporting of indicators, analyze them and provide details to optimize the organization of care;
  • Organize the permanence of care in city medicine, including during periods of leave for private doctors and closure of private practices.

Bronchiolitis epidemic: what is the situation in the Paca region?

In the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, epidemic indicators of bronchiolitis are on the rise. Throughout France, the bronchiolitis epidemic is earlier than in 2021. However, to date, in our region, it is similar to previous years in terms of severity and timing.
At the hospital, no break in the care of children requiring hospitalization has been observed today.

To remember

  1. The bronchiolitis epidemic is earlier than in previous years.
  2. We are registering more cases than expected this year compared to the previous year at the same period.
  3. However, the evolution of the epidemic curve is similar to that of 2021.

In numbers :

  • The number of cases of bronchiolitis in children under 2 years old is on the rise : 469 visits to the emergency room for bronchiolitis recorded last week against 406 the previous week.
  • The proportion of passages for bronchiolitis of children under 2 years old is on the rise (17.4% last week against 14% the previous week – % compared to the total number of passages of children under 2 years old).
  • The number of hospitalizations for bronchiolitis in children under 2 years old is stable : 162 last week against 163 the previous week.

Take a look tomorrow at the Veille Hebdo bulletin published by Santé Publique France

Infant bronchiolitis: reminder and good gestures

Acute bronchiolitis is a respiratory disease of viral origin that mainly affects children under 2 years of age during winter seasonal epidemics. It is transmitted by saliva, coughing, sneezing, and can remain on hands and objects (such as toys, pacifiers, comforters).

To prevent contamination of bronchiolitis, it is recommended to respect the barrier measures:

  • Wash your hands before taking care of your baby;
  • Wash his nose regularly with saline solution;
  • Air your room every day, like the rest of the home, at least 10 minutes a day;
  • Limit visits to the circle of very close and non-sick adults;
  • Avoid frequenting confined public places (supermarkets, restaurants and public transport, etc.) and favor outdoor outings;
  • In case of symptoms in the parents or the entourage, wear a mask to take care of the baby.

What if my child is sick?

In 95% of cases, bronchiolitis does not require hospitalization and can therefore be treated by a local doctor. The latter will remind you of the hygiene and dietary measures (washing of the nose, splitting of meals, etc.), will give you the instructions for monitoring your child.

Consult our map of unscheduled care sites in the Paca region

If your child is over 2 months old, is sick and you are concerned about his condition, consult your doctor or your pediatrician.

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