Grand Rapids – corvale health wants to temporarily add capacity Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital To handle an increase in young patients with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in Grand Rapids.
Late last week the health system filed an emergency request with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, seeking approval to add 48 beds at DeVos Children’s Hospital, “to address patient treatment capacity issues related to the increase in RSV cases.” To address and maintain patient safety in case of emergency” basis.
“The health and well-being of our patients is of utmost concern. Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, like pediatric hospitals across the country, is overrun with children sick with RSV. With cold and flu season and COVID-19 approaching, we expect the current RSV surge could last for several weeks, Corwell Health said in a statement today. Mibiz which explained the filing as a precautionary measure. “While we hope we will never need all of these beds, we want to be prepared to care for sick children. Our community can rest assured that we are prepared to care for children and their families. And emergency room wait times can be longer than usual, we are open and able to take care of the children who need us.”
Corewell Health had 87 patients with RSV this morning, 67 of whom were admitted to DeVos Children’s Hospital, including 28 patients in ICU beds. The other 20 RSV patients were at Blodgate Hospital in East Grand Rapids, Butterworth Hospital and Major Heart Center in downtown Grand Rapids, and Corwell Health’s Big Rapids Hospital.
An outbreak of RSV that began in mid-October has overwhelmed the number of patients in children’s hospitals.
A common, highly contagious virus that typically strikes Michigan between November and March, RSV “usually takes a large number of children from medical care each year,” said Dr. Jerry Evans, medical director of the 13-county Region 6 Healthcare Coalition. leads to.” wrote in an open letter dated 17 November, explaining the outbreak.
Consisting of hospitals, emergency medical services and supporting organizations, the Region 6 Healthcare Coalition includes Claire, Ionia, Isabella, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newago, Oceana, Osceola and Ottawa counties.
“Our pediatric hospitals are already at or near capacity across the state and the surge of RSV and influenza is just beginning. This surge could last up to 10 weeks. Children and the elderly are more susceptible to severe cases of RSV and influenza. COVID is still around and there are still some hospitalizations going up. We may see an uptick in that as well,” wrote Evans. “Some of these kids need to be hospitalized, but most do very well. Due to masking and isolation protocols in place over the past two years, there have not been very many cases of RSV in Michigan.
“It also means that most children under the age of three have never been exposed to RSV. This may lead to more children than usual being exposed to RSV.”
Corewell Health, recently renamed from Spectrum Health after its February 1 merger with Southfield-based Beaumont Health, and several other health systems across the state to add bed capacity to handle COVID-19 patient surge in 2020 And sought emergency approval in 2021 and got it immediately. , As many of Michigan’s hospitals are near or over capacity, the state typically approves those requests within a few days.
Under an emergency request submitted Nov. 17 to the state to handle the RSV patient surge, DeVos Children’s Hospital will add 12 emergency beds on the seventh floor with 12 beds “approved to allow cohousing of pediatric patients” earlier in the pandemic. of the existing 24 patient rooms,” according to a letter of intent filed with the state on Nov. 17. Corwell also intends to seek designation for 43 beds from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
The other 12 temporary beds included in last week’s emergency request will be on the sixth floor of DeVos Children’s Hospital. Corewell Health also wants to use 14 beds previously approved during the pandemic to build a 24-room RSV unit with treatment rooms and game rooms, and seek ICU designation for all 50 beds on the sixth floor.
The remaining 24 beds requisitioned through the November 17 emergency request will go to the eighth floor, which houses the ICU of DeVos Children’s Hospital. Also, according to the letter of intent to the state, the health system will seek ICU designation for those beds.