B.C. Children’s Hospital prepared to double-bunk patients amid spike in respiratory illness – CBC

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Dec 12, 2022

The B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver has approved double-bunking patients in single-occupancy rooms as it tries to cope with an influx of patients with respiratory illnesses.

A memo obtained by The Canadian Press says that while it’s preferable that patients be in single rooms, two patients may share one room “if required to provide safe care.”

The decision comes as the province grapples with a spike in respiratory infections that has included an unusually high number of childhood deaths.

The memo, sent Friday, says similar measures have been implemented in other years and adds that any decision to double up must be made in consultation with the hospital’s infection prevention and control team.

In a statement, infectious disease pediatrician Dr. Laura Sauve said the memo was a routine clinical reminder that’s part of the planning process for a difficult respiratory season.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-childrens-hospital-could-double-up-single-rooms-1.6683401

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