Hospitals close to running out of pediatric beds, status ‘critical’

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) — As the situation in Kansas hospitals worsens, the local impact extends to an additional care for children. Eyewitness News spoke to a local pediatrician who says hospitals are running out of beds for pediatric patients.

New figures from Wesley Medical Center, in Wichita, show that the hospital has 83 COVID-positive patients. Only three of them have been vaccinated, the hospital reported, and of the total, 40 are in the ICU and 28 are on a ventilator. Wesley said all of his COVID-19 patients in the ICU are unvaccinated.

dr. Amy Seery, pediatrician at Ascension Via Christi, said hospitals are running out of cots due to the increased number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 and other illnesses. She said if it comes to the point where hospitals run out of pediatric beds, there will be instances where hospitals have to turn away patients.

Sedgwick County’s COVID-19 dashboard shows hospitals in the region back in critical condition for the first time in months. dr. Seery said she will be nervous for the next few months.

“What we’re seeing is a trend trend very similar to that seen in Texas and other southern states. We follow them for about two to four weeks and we get very nervous because those hospital systems are in crisis mode,” said Dr. Seery. “They no longer have room for pediatric patients. We are very close to that point. Any day, any time, I may or may not have a bed available for a child.”

When hospitals run out of space, he said, “that means a family could wait for hours in an emergency room or even risk switching to another hospital system.”

“If our surrounding hospital systems are all up to capacity, they may have to come along to get routine medical care,” said Dr. Seery. “So their child with a broken bone or appendicitis or some other routine illness might have to wait quite a long time to get that ideal care that we would like to provide.”

She gave tips to help improve the situation.

“If we can try to prevent children from getting sick in mechanisms that we know work, it will be incredibly helpful in offloading the system and ensuring that when a family needs that bed, there’s one on them and their child. wait,” says Dr. said Seery. “The best we can do now is wash our hands properly, social distancing and of course wear a mask.”

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