Prisma doctors urge vaccinations as health system sees ‘surge’ in pediatric respiratory illnesses

Prisma Health calls a recent influx of pediatric patients a “rise,” and officials blame a confluence of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. Prisma media relations specialist Sandy Dees said there are currently a total of 12 COVID-19 pediatric patients at Prisma Health, system-wide. She said that while the total number of clinical patients remains higher than normal at this time of year, the health system is able to meet the needs of those patients. Dees said the hospital system has seen an increase in pediatric COVID-19 cases, along with adult COVID-19 cases, since July. “The bigger problem is that we are also seeing a convergence of COVID, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and other respiratory diseases, which has increased the number of patients in our children’s hospitals,” Dees said. “With the increase, we are using our size and scale to meet immediate needs for beds, staff and other medical resources. While this situation is becoming more difficult, we are planning such an event and are confident in our team’s ability to “We are here and ready to treat our communities,” said Dr. Caughman Taylor, senior medical director of Prisma Health Children’s Hospital in the Midlands. “We have never rejected a child and never will. As we do our part , we need our community partners to help us as well as they always have.” Dr Robin Lacroix, medical director of Prisma Health Children’s Hospital in Upstate, said: “Remember, children under 12 cannot be vaccinated. They depend on us. We need everyone to take care of our children through their get vaccines, wear masks and maintain social distancing where necessary.” “Our pediatric clinical staff recommends that all families follow the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention guidelines regarding masking, hand washing, and social distancing,” Lacroix said.

Prisma Health is calling a recent influx of pediatric patients a “wave,” and officials are blaming a confluence of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.

Prisma media relations specialist Sandy Dees said there are currently a total of 12 COVID-19 pediatric patients at Prisma Health, across the system.

She said that while the total number of clinical patients remains higher than normal at this time of year, the health system is able to meet the needs of those patients.

Dees said the hospital system has seen an increase in pediatric COVID-19 cases, along with adult COVID-19 cases, since July.

“The bigger problem is that we are also seeing a convergence of COVID, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and other respiratory diseases, which has increased the number of patients in our children’s hospitals,” Dees said.

“With the increase, we are using our size and scale to meet immediate needs for beds, staff and other medical resources. While this situation is becoming more difficult, we are planning such an event and are confident in our team’s ability to deliver care .”

“We are here and ready to treat our communities,” said Dr. Caughman Taylor, senior medical director of Prisma Health Children’s Hospital in the Midlands. “We have never rejected a child and never will. As we do our part, we need our community partners to help us as well as they always have.”

dr. Robin Lacroix, medical director of Prisma Health Children’s Hospital in Upstate, said: “Remember, children under 12 cannot be vaccinated. They depend on us. We need everyone to take care of our children by getting their vaccines, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing where necessary.”

“Our pediatric clinical staff recommends that all families follow the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention guidelines regarding masking, hand washing, and social distancing,” Lacroix said.

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