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Geriatric units at the beginning of the 2020 COVID-19 epidemic in France Volume 18, issue 2, Juin 2020

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1 Pôle Hospitalo-Universitaire de Gérontologie Clinique, CHU Nantes, Nantes, France
2 Membre de la cellule de veille de la Société Française de Gériatrie et Gérontologie, France
3 Délégué national de la Société Française de Gériatrie et Gérontologie, France
4 SSR hôpital gériatrique Pierre Garraud - Hcl Lyon, France
5 CH intercommunal Toulon-La Seyne-sur-Mer, France
6 Service de médecine gériatrique, Hôpital Claude Dejean, Villeneuve-de-Berg, France
7 CH Aix-en-Provence, France
8 Equipe mobile de gériatrie Haut-Vaucluse, CH Vaison, Vaison-la-Romaine, France
9 Service de Médecine Polyvalente Post Urgence, CH Saint Joseph, Marseille, France
10 Service de médecine interne et gériatrie, Hôpital Nord, Marseille, France
11 Service de Gériatrie, Pôle Autonomie Hôpital Nord, Amiens, France
12 Service de médecine interne gériatrie, Marseille, France
13 SSR La Palmola, Oletta, France
14 Service de Médecine Interne et Tropicale, Hôpital d’Instruction des Armées Laveran, Marseille, France
15 Pôle universitaire Inter-établissement de Psychiatrie de la personne Âgée et de l’Adulte, Centre Hospitalier Esquirol, Limoges, France
16 Hôpital de Fourvière, Lyon, France
17 Service de Médecine Gériatrique. Hôpital Paré, Boulogne-Billancourt, France
18 Pôle de Gériatrie, CH Annecy Genevois, Pringy, France
19 Service de Gériatrie, CHU Tours, France
20 Équipe mobile de gériatrie, CH Apt, France
21 Service De Long Séjour Bateliers, Lille, France
22 Hôpitaux Universitaires Henri Mondor, Créteil, France
23 Service de Médecine interne gériatrie, Hôpital Sainte Marguerite, Marseille, France
24 Unité gériatrie aiguë, Groupe Hospitalier Diaconesses-Croix-Saint-Simon, Paris, France
25 SSR hôpital Saint Loup, Agde, France
26 CH de Chalons-en-Champagne, France
27 Court Séjour de Gériatrie, CH de Pithiviers, France
28 Ehpad, Bormes-les-Mimosas, France
29 Service de Gériatrie aiguë polyvalente, GH AP-HP Sorbonne Université, site Charles Foix, Ivry-sur-Seine, France
30 SSL, Clinique Pagerie, Allauch, France
31 Service de maladies infectieuses. CH Annecy Genevois, France
32 Ehpad Orpea La Talaudière, France
33 Pole de Gériarie, CHU Rennes, France
34 CHU de Grenoble-Alpes, Président du Collège National des Enseignants de Gériatrie, France
35 CHU de Bordeaux, Présidente du conseil scientifique de la Société Française de Gériatrie et Gérontologie, France
36 CHU de Nice, Président de la Société Française de Gériatrie et Gérontologie, France
* Correspondance

The COVID-19 epidemic that started in November in China became a national epidemic from March 16, 2020 with the declaration of population containment in order to reduce the spread of the virus in France. From March 17 to March 27, 2020, the monitoring unit of the French society of geriatrics and gerontology decided to conduct a survey to analyze the implementation of the mobilization of geriatric units, given that this epidemic had shown that it resulted in excess mortality mainly among the elderly. The survey was able to bring together the response of 34 services, nine of which were located in a high epidemic cluster zone. Dedicated acute geriatric units for patients infected with COVID-19 were present in eight facilities, only outside the cluster zones. Nine geriatric follow-up and rehabilitation services were dedicated, an additional telemedicine activity concerned 35% of the facilities, and family listening and tablet communication facilities concerned 36% of the facilities. This survey is a snapshot of an initial moment in the epidemic. It provides an opportunity to describe the context in which this epidemic occurred in terms of geriatric policy, and to assess the responsiveness and inventiveness of these services in meeting the needs of the elderly.