Children getting sick with RSV having hard time finding a hospital bed

A young child with RSV is treated at Community Medical Center in Missoula, Montana. (COMMUNITY MEDICAL CENTER)

Luke 21:11 “There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Hospital Financial Decisions Play a Role in the Critical Shortage of Pediatric Beds for RSV Patients
  • The dire shortage of pediatric hospital beds plaguing the nation this fall is a byproduct of financial decisions made by hospitals over the past decade, as they shuttered children’s wards, which often operate in the red, and expanded the number of beds available for more profitable endeavors like joint replacements and cancer care.
  • To cope with the flood of young patients sickened by a sweeping convergence of nasty bugs — especially respiratory syncytial virus, influenza, and coronavirus — medical centers nationwide have deployed triage tents, delayed elective surgeries, and transferred critically ill children out of state

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