New tool assists parents in locating available beds for RSV patients

New tool assists parents in locating available beds for RSV patients

On a spooky Halloween night, parents are hoping the scary season doesn’t include a bout of RSV.

The Respiratory Syncytial Virus is known for causing mild cold-like symptoms, but more dangerously, it can hamper the breathing of toddlers or even older children.

“RSV is still around in young infants or infants of higher risk of infection,” said Dr. Lori Langdon with Harnett Health. “It can progress rapidly and cause respiratory distress.”

Last week Duke has treated 232 cases, UNC Health treated 200 cases and WakeMed 183 cases.

The North Carolina Pediatrics Society created an online tool for pediatricians to find available beds for children with RSV that need to be admitted.

“It has been a big player in the scramble for hospital beds,” said Langdon. “In pediatric ICU it has been such a problem recently they have hosted a resource for those looking for bed availability.”

This is an attempt to keep kids happy and healthy this cold season.


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