‘We are stressed’: ICU full, kids waiting on treatment as RSV cases overwhelm Boston hospitals

image & contant Credit: CNN.com

Pediatric intensive care units are filled to capacity and many young children are waiting on emergency treatment

image & contant Credit: CNN.com

- as hospitals in Boston work to combat a surge in respiratory syncytial virus cases, or RSV, officials said Thursday.

image & contant Credit: CNN.com

They are calling it a ‘capacity disaster’ at Massachusetts General Hospital.

image & contant Credit: CNN.com

The Mass General Brigham hospital system was inundated with 2,000 RSV cases in the month of October alone,

image & contant Credit: CNN.com

and already overcrowded emergency departments are facing significant issues as new cases continue to pile up,

image & contant Credit: CNN.com

according to Brian Cummings, the medical director of the department of pediatrics at Mass General for Children.

image & contant Credit: CNN.com

There have been more than 1,000 reported cases so far in November.

image & contant Credit: CNN.com

Cummings estimates RSV cases are running 20 to 60 percent higher than an average fall —

image & contant Credit: CNN.com

— keeping in mind, RSV is usually a winter phenomenon.

image & contant Credit: CNN.com

- He said most infections have been treated in the system’s urgent care centers

image & contant Credit: CNN.com

- or in Emergency Departments – but not all of them.

image & contant Credit: CNN.com

Click On Learn More Button  To Read Full Article

image & contant Credit: CNN.com