The latest figures from the Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth show that as of 10 a.m. Thursday, the hospital still does not have staffed beds for pediatric intensive care units available for patients.
The latest official update from the DFW Hospital Council on Wednesday indicated that the no-manned pediatric ICU bed situation applied to the entire North Texas region, including facilities in 19 counties. That snapshot speaks to the effect that the latest wave of COVID-19 cases, coupled with an unexpected rise in respiratory diseases like RSV, has had on the medical staff of local children’s hospitals.
A Cook Children’s representative noted on Thursday that capacity was tight, but emphasized that their facility is not sending patients to other hospitals at this time.
“If the situation arises where we cannot accommodate a patient in our hospital, we will find them a bed in an appropriate facility,” said Kim Brown, Media Relations and Content Manager for Cook Children’s. “The safety and well-being of the children in our community is our number one priority and we are committed to making sure their needs are met.”
A representative from Children’s Health in Dallas did not immediately comment on whether manned ICU room was available as of 11 a.m. Thursday, but did emphasize that the number fluctuates throughout the day.
“We remain prepared and equipped to provide care for children in North Texas,” noted a Children’s Health representative.