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Royal Inland Hospital operating at 115 per cent capacity as Influenza, RSV cases on rise | Radio NL

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The chief of staff at Royal Inland Hospital said the emergency department is still responding despite a “small” influx of patients as flu and RSV begin to hit people in British Columbia.

Dr. Todd Ring told the NL Noon Report that Kamloops Hospital is currently operating at 115% capacity, which he says is not unusual.

“Actually, the occupancy rate is very good these days.

That said, Dr. Ring says there’s still a lot of pressure on the healthcare system, including RIH.

“We add to that pressure, as we are still in the post-pandemic phase and staffing levels may continue to be challenging, which puts a lot of pressure on our staff.”

Everyone is working very hard, but certainly here at RIH, we are managing and coping with the volume of incoming shipments,” he added.

Dr. Ring explains specifically. The RIH emergency room sees several different demographics coming in.

He says an increasing number of children are getting RSV.

“It’s certainly the younger children that are of concern, because they haven’t developed the antibodies, so it can affect their respiratory system a bit more,” he said.

“The good news is that the majority of otherwise well children get along just fine. They will have a few days of fever and difficulty breathing, but we are talking about a very small number of patients who need hospitalization.” They are.”

But Dr. Ring says there has been an influx of children admitted to Kamloops Pediatrics from a respiratory standpoint.

As for the flu, he says cases are on the rise in both adults and children.

“When you look at older people, immunocompromised patients, or people with weaker immune systems, we sometimes see patients who need to be hospitalized,” said Dr. Ring.

“I think that’s what we’re seeing when we see overall hospitalizations rising now, with the flu being seen as one of the main factors behind it.”

Dr. Ring recommends people get vaccinated against flu, COVID, and RSV, which he says helps reduce the severity of the illness and can help prevent hospitalization.

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