“It’s going to be a rough winter”: Hospitals overwhelmed by pediatric patients with respiratory virus

Hospitals in 33 states are seeing a dramatic rise in kids affected by the respiratory virus known as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Cases have greater than doubled in 25 states, placing a pressure on hospitals — with some services so overwhelmed, they’re operating out of beds.

At Connecticut Children’s hospital, medical doctors stated they’re slammed with a surge in RSV instances. Dr. John Brancato instructed CBS News that each inch of the emergency room is stuffed, and the hospital is contemplating placing a tent on the entrance garden to deal with the overflow.

The state of Connecticut is even considering of bringing within the National Guard.

“We’re having patients in hall beds,” Brancato stated. “We’re using our orthopedic room. We’re using other treatment rooms as much as possible to take care of everybody.”

RSV instances sometimes surge from December to February, however this month, the youngsters’s hospital has extra RSV instances than another respiratory sickness, together with COVID-19.

Further south, virtually half of the ICU beds at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, are stuffed with RSV patients.

“It’s going to be a rough winter,” Dr. Daniel Guzman, who works on the hospital, instructed CBS News. “I mean, we’re already seeing our numbers spike over the last few weeks with over 550 E.R. visits per day.”

Parents Zoe and Jeff Green stated their 4-month-old daughter, Lindy, is within the ICU with RSV. They took her to an pressing care clinic as a result of they had been involved that she had extra than simply a widespread chilly.

RSV signs are comparable to a chilly, however medical doctors stated dad and mom ought to look ahead to indicators of respiratory stress, if their kid’s nostrils are flaring whereas respiration, or if their pores and skin is pulling in direction of their ribs.

Doctors are additionally anticipating an energetic flu season. They’re asking folks to get their flu photographs now — whereas it will not forestall you from getting the flu, it may make your signs delicate sufficient the place you would not want to go to the emergency room.

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