Children’s Hospitals Face Surge In Respiratory Patients

Pediatric RSV patients overwhelm hospitals in numerous states

  • Cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) have spiked, particularly in the Northeast and South, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Hospitals in Connecticut, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Washington, D.C.-area have been overwhelmed by the surge in pediatric RSV patients.
  • “We just don’t have as many critical care beds [for children] as we have adult critical care beds simply because we don’t usually need them,” Dr. Juan Salazar, physician in chief of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, said.