The surge in sick youngsters has B.C.’s Surrey Memorial Hospital seeing quadruple as many sufferers as their emergency division was designed for, and 100 extra youngsters per day than final yr – making it one of many busiest pediatric models within the nation.
A lot of the eye in the course of the fall spike in respiratory viruses amongst youngsters has been directed at BC Youngsters’s Hospital, the place they activated an emergency division overflow on Tuesday, however Surrey is going through a way more critical scenario.
“The pediatric ER has been overrun for some time now and we have now expanded into the grownup aspect, the place proper now we’re utilizing two remedy beds,” mentioned Dr. Randeep Gill, an emergency doctor at SMH.
“We’re seeing roughly 250 youngsters per day in the course of the surge but it surely was constructed for 72 affected person visits per day.”
Gill says with solely 12 remedy rooms within the emergency division, they’re treating sufferers “wherever we will”, with youngsters ready in hallways and a few medical assessments happening within the ready room. There are solely 16 beds for admission for in a single day remedy.
BC Youngsters’s Hospital has 35 remedy rooms of their emergency division and are seeing solely 165 youngsters per day.
CTV Information has spoken with plenty of hospitalist pediatricians in current weeks who all describe seeing extra extreme sickness in youngsters this yr than normal for the autumn respiratory season. Gill agrees, and revealed they should resuscitate a few of these youngsters.
“(Resuscitation) occurs very often right here,” he mentioned of the hospital’s pediatric emergency division.
“The primary reason behind cardiac dying is respiratory failure. When the lungs are contaminated by a virus, youngsters do decompensate the quickest from respiratory failure so we’re seeing a big variety of these instances as nicely.”
PARENTS FRUSTRATED AND FEARFUL
Severely sick youngsters require in a single day care and typically even prolonged care within the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), which has led to the cancellation of scheduled surgical procedures for different youngsters, together with these with life-threatening situations.
Some youngsters who want non-emergency medical remedy are getting squeezed out of hospital because the system seems to be failing all however probably the most critical instances.
“She’s struggling,” a mother CTV Information is figuring out solely as Janice mentioned about her daughter, who’d been ready to see a physician within the BCCH emergency division for greater than 5 hours. Photographs of the kid present a large abscess protruding from her cranium and braided hair.
“We went to Surrey Memorial yesterday, after we’d been there the day earlier than and so they couldn’t determine what was improper together with her,” mentioned Janice, whose youngster was operating a fever. “The day earlier than, we’d been and so they despatched us residence at 3 a.m. as a result of there was no mattress there, no mattress in Abbotsford, no mattress in (BC) Youngsters’s Hospital.”
Each mom and youngster have been exhausted, and Janice was emotional as she mentioned “it is irritating as a result of I simply need assistance for her. I am uninterested in going to the hospital time and again.”
BC CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL DOWNPLAYS THE SITUATION
Regardless of an inner memo calling the inflow of younger sufferers a “surge storm” of sickness, the manager director of medical operations for BCCH downplayed the scenario, calling their affected person load “fairly regular seasonally.”
When CTV Information identified 12 hour waits have turn out to be regular, which wasn’t the case earlier than, Christy Hay prompt a brand new digital data system with public reporting made these waits extra noticeable, however acknowledged that system was additionally slowing down the method for healthcare employees.
Hay initially mentioned that there are 55 care areas within the BCCH emergency division, however when pressed admitted that “we function about 35 of these medical care areas proper now with present staffing.”
Of the emergency division overflow, she referred to as it a “satellite tv for pc clinic that we’re staffing with our pediatricians and nursing workers” for much less pressing instances, and when requested why they’re seeing so few sufferers in comparison with SMH with extra sources, she claimed the affected person wants should not the identical.
“We’re seeing lots of increased acuity sufferers,” mentioned Hay. “We positively take sufferers from different hospitals, as a result of we’re the one degree 1 trauma centre for pediatrics within the province and we’re the one quaternary hospital for BC.”
However that’s an issue that’s been the reason for a lot consternation south of the Frase. The Surrey Memorial Hospital Basis has been monitoring funding and says on a per capita foundation, Vancouver Coastal Well being residents see $3,033 per individual versus simply $2,229 in Fraser Well being.
“(Surrey Memorial Hospital’s pediatric unit) used to have 24 funded in a single day beds and that’s decreased to 16 now. So, lots of the critically sick youngsters, we have now to ship them out to BC Youngsters’s Hospital,” mentioned Gill. “It is extraordinarily irritating to see that we’re the fastest-growing metropolis, however we aren’t in a position to handle our youngsters in our metropolis.”