Surge of viruses leaves children’s hospitals scrambling to free up beds and find room for patients

Posted on AllSides October 26th, 2022
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Every inpatient bed at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago has been full for more than six weeks. Emergency room volume is up more than 150%.

The flow of patients is like "a treadmill that never ends," said Dr. Allison Bartlett, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Comer Children’s. As soon as a child is discharged, their bed fills up with the next kid in need.

Yet the hospital is simultaneously fielding a barrage of requests to accept new patients from facilities that don’t treat children or are overrun themselves.


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