Unprecedented heat-related deaths during the 2003 heat wave in Paris: consequences on emergency departments

Crit Care. 2004 Feb;8(1):1-2. doi: 10.1186/cc2404. Epub 2003 Dec 4.


In August 2003, France sustained an unprecedented heat wave that resulted in 14,800 excess deaths. The consequences were maximal in the Paris area. The Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris reported more than 2600 excess emergency department visits, 1900 excess hospital admissions, and 475 excess deaths despite a rapid organization. Indeed, simple preventice measures before hospital admissions are only able to reduce mortality which mostly occurred at home and in nursing homes.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Climate*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • France
  • Heat Stroke / epidemiology
  • Heat Stroke / mortality*
  • Hot Temperature*
  • Humans
  • Paris / epidemiology