An inside look at the ER of Canada’s largest pediatric hospital as RSV surges – CBC

Stress takes toll on families and staff at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children

Nov 18, 2022

It’s the exhaustion on parents’ faces that hits you first.

CBC News got exclusive access to the emergency department and ICU at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, Canada’s largest pediatric medical centre, as it and other hospitals across the country grapple with what one doctor called “a perfect storm” of COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

The stress of the recent surge is not only taking its toll on families. It’s also having an impact on staff, already depleted and worn down by three years of COVID-19. The long waits are creating tension and angry outbursts directed at nurses and others.

“I’ve been a nurse for about 12 years now and this is … by far been the most challenging year,” said Lindsay Stewart Leger, a charge nurse in the emergency department.

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