Shortage of Hospital Beds: Both Randall Children’s Hospital and Oregon Health & Science University are acting swiftly to accommodate an increased number of paediatric patients in their respective paediatric intensive care units. This is occurring as a result of a rise in the incidence of RSV in Oregon, which is a common childhood virus that can be harmful to infants as well as older individuals.
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These hospitals are responsible for the provision of intensive care, which may include life support, to children. In total, there are only three such facilities in the state. According to representatives from OHSU, all of the paediatric ICU beds in the state are currently occupied, and the facility is formally transitioning to crisis levels of care.
An expert in paediatric critical care who works at OHSU named Dr. Carl Eriksson stated that “any hospital will at times send patients away.” “What we’re witnessing right now is that the collective group of hospitals has reached the point where we’re concerned about our capacity to serve the next patient. And it is the reason why we are moving on to the next level.”
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Other children who require hospital-level treatment, such as adolescents experiencing mental health crises, are also having their service options limited as a result of the guidelines.
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