Interview by Guillaume Dominguez, edited by Romain Rouillard
8:01 p.m., November 25, 2022
The sometimes tense situation in hospitals, characterized by a lack of resources and a consequent understaffing, sometimes leads to distressing situations to say the least. At the microphone of Europe 1, Pierre agreed to come back to a medical error he committed when he had not received the required training.
He is likely to remember this first internship in gynecology for a long time. At the microphone of Europe 1, Pierre agreed to reconsider a medical error which he committed during a guard for which he had not received the planned training. What to highlight the multiple evils from which the hospital suffers in France, between lack of means, understaffing and saturated services.
“I found myself the first week not knowing how to do the basic acts on call, in sectors that I did not master”, recalls Pierre. The young intern had not received the training of a month, essential before exercising guard. The fault, according to him, to a lack of personnel. “As in many hospitals, there were not enough doctors to properly supervise the interns”.
“It will be forgotten”
It was during his second shift that the situation turned sour for Pierre. “I found myself alone with a lady who was bleeding. She was a pregnant lady and unfortunately I did not ask for her blood type. It can have repercussions when you have a certain blood type on future pregnancies”, explains he.
Faced with this error, the reaction of Pierre’s hierarchical superior is disconcerting. “When my boss told me about it, he simply said to me, ‘forget it, we’ll see. And anyway, it’s going to be forgotten'”. It mainly reflects the lack of time available to doctors to examine the cases that arise. And the consequences of which can be dramatic. “I found myself in a situation where I could endanger the life of a patient”, laments Pierre.
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