RSV symptoms, medicine: As respiratory virus situations and hospitalizations surge, only 6% of pediatric ICU beds are open in Illinois - WLS-television

CHICAGO (WLS) -- local docs are raising the alarm about fighting the spread of RSV, a respiratory ailment in toddlers, this is inflicting a huge variety of hospitalizations.

at the moment, RSV -- together with different viruses -- skill most of the pediatric intensive care unit bed in our state are full.

In Illinois, there are 289 so-called PICU, or pediatric ICU, beds. Ninety-4 % of them are full. Half of them are in Chicago.

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Rush college clinical middle shared some video of what they are seeing as therapists and nurses support a surge of pediatric patients hospitalized with RSV and other viruses. Protocols are in location because the medical body of workers there treat youngsters now.

"we are seeing a big inflow of those kids coming to the hospitals and it's unseasonably early," talked about Anne Geistkemper, a neonatal pediatric respiratory therapy manager at Rush.

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Geistkemper stated they've tripled their respiratory help treatment options since September and suggests folks call their pediatrician if a child is struggling to breathe.

"You could see them tugging somewhat more at their neck, perhaps respiration a bit tougher with their belly, even breathing in so hard that you should form of see some ribs," Geistkemper spoke of.

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Pediatric hospitals in our enviornment have greater means. but our ABC7 records crew analyzed federal data and located an increase in pediatric beds in use from October 14-20 at some amenities in our enviornment.

advocate babies's hospital compares surge in RSV situations to 'March 2020'

for example, UChicago drugs Comer saw an 8% increase from a month in the past in every day ordinary mattress occupancy. Rush noticed an eleven% enhance, and Lurie changed into unchanged from a month ago.

"as a result of they're breathing so challenging and getting ill, it be tough for them to eat or drink which could cause dehydration that can additionally cause an emergency room discuss with or medical institution setting," mentioned Dr. Sameer Vohra, the director of Illinois' Dept. of Public health, and additionally a pediatrician and father.

"Halloween, birthday events... be cautious, get your vaccine and dwell home if you are in poor health," Dr. Vohra talked about.

Dr. Vohra urges preventive measures as pediatric ICU beds are presently restrained in the state, with handiest 6% accessible now.

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