DFW Area Pediatric ICU Beds More Than 99% Occupied, Hospital Council Says – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) The wave of COVID-19 is pushing North Texas hospitals to their limits.

The available beds for both adults and children are quickly diminishing.

The DFW Hospital Council said the pediatric ICUs are over 99% occupied.

Children’s hospitals in the region are treating a record number of COVID-19 patients and are dealing with a huge spike in RSV cases.

The respiratory virus is usually not seen in the summer, but right now emergency rooms and intensive care units are overrun with children who have become seriously ill from it.

CBS 11 spoke to parents who said they should call multiple hospitals in the DFW area and wait hours for a bed to become available for their sick children.

According to the DFW Hospital Council, there are currently 55 pediatric COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the region, the highest they have seen.

Experts believe the more contagious delta variant is to blame and are encouraging people to wear masks and get vaccinated.

Stephen Love, chair of the DFW Hospital Council, said this will help protect younger children who cannot yet receive the vaccine and keep them out of hospital.

“The reason we want to keep as many intensive care beds available as possible — not just for adults, but for pediatrics — we have car wrecks, people have heart attacks, they have strokes,” Love said. “We need that bed capacity for non-COVID type emergencies.

North Texas children’s hospitals are now about 95% occupied.

Cook Children’s Medical Center said it has plans for staff and beds to ensure there is enough space for everyone to be admitted.

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