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B.C. Children’s Hospital activates emergency overflow amid respiratory illness surge

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BC Children’s Hospital has initiated emergency triage to manage an increase in patients with respiratory illnesses such as influenza and COVID-19, the BC Health Minister confirmed.

Adrian Dix said Wednesday, “Emergency rooms across the state are facing significant numbers of respiratory illnesses, especially among children.

Dix said he had set up emergency centers statewide in anticipation of a rising wave of respiratory illnesses in the fall. emergency operations center in advance.

The overflow will be used to treat less severe cases, the health minister said.

“At BC Children’s Hospital, having temporary staff means we are prepared to make it easier for people coming in for urgent care.”

In recent weeks, parents have expressed concern about long wait times in hospital ERs, with some parents telling CBC News, 11 hours before the doctor saw them.

Wednesday night wait times displayed online in about 6 hours. CBC News has reached out to the hospital and the State Department of Health Services for comment.

Emily Gruenwoldt, president and CEO of Children’s Healthcare Canada, says the overnight crisis in pediatrics has been going on for decades. (Justin Boleyn/CBC)

Increase in respiratory diseases

Children’s Health Care Canada, the national group of children’s health leaders, said health centers across the country experienced a “significant surge in child hospitalizations and demand” this month.

“The convergence of health care worker shortages, a particularly difficult respiratory virus season, COVID-19, rising mental health admissions, surgery, child development, and long-standing backlogs for diagnostic interventions will continue to impact hospitals and communities. We are overwhelming the health care system for children and adolescents in both societal settings,” said a statement issued Nov. 18.

CHC president and CEO Emily Gruenwoldt said the virus was spreading rapidly across the country and overburdened health systems were ill-equipped to manage the influx.

“This idea of ​​an overnight crisis in pediatrics has actually been in the making for decades,” she told CBC’s show. on the coast.

“Our children’s health care system is small nationwide. We do not have the physical infrastructure to meet the growth and development needs of our children. There is no humanized workforce, these young children.

“Our children are now waiting for essential health services more than many adults.”

The organization is urging the state and Ottawa to convene a first ministerial meeting among the Prime Minister, Prime Minister and Chief Nursing Officer to come up with a plan to address the child health care crisis.

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