Overflow ER opens at BC Children’s Hospital as surgical patients plead for information – CTV

Nov. 23, 2022

BC Children’s Hospital is seeing a “surge storm” in young patients, prompting the facility to open an overflow unit for their emergency department.

CTV News has obtained an internal memo sent to all staff and care providers at BC Women’s and Children’s hospitals on Tuesday, advising them that they are now “triaging lower level acuity patients from the emergency department to a separate overflow area” in order to “manage the high volume of patients.”

The document describes the emergency department “mostly seeing viral illnesses, including Enterovirus/Rhinovirus, and now increasing presentations of influenza and RSV, as well as steady COVID-19.” It indicates that the hospitals expect to see even more sick children come through the doors.

Shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday, the posted wait to be seen by a doctor at BC Children’s Hospital was 11 hours and 52 minutes.

Rea more: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/overflow-er-opens-at-bc-children-s-hospital-as-surgical-patients-plead-for-information-1.6164854

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