According to a briefing on Tuesday from the Director of Public Health in Tarrant County, the hospital in Tarrant County is “fully full from a pediatric point of view.”
Vinny Taneja, Director of Public Health, Tarrant County, said there were 41 pediatric COVID-19 patients in Tarrant County. This is a decrease from the pandemic height of 48 pediatric patients a day ago.
Tarrant County has a total of more than 400 children’s hospital beds. Taneja said Tuesday that the number of COVID-19 patients added to the hospital’s capacity burden.
“There are no single beds available. Even in the pediatric ICU, there are no beds available,” he said. “It’s very worrisome because everyday things are still going on. Children get sick, undergo surgery, and sometimes receive hospitalization or other treatments that require an ICU. Currently, Tarrant County is completely It’s full. “
Tarrant County’s trends are similar to those experienced by other North Texas communities, Taneja said. As of Tuesday, there are 94 pediatric COVID-19 patients in northern Texas, according to the DFW Hospital Council. The pediatric bed is 95% full and there are no ICU beds left, I read an email from the council.
“Overall, if a child needs care, the situation is bleak because we need to be able to provide that care, which is difficult so far,” Taneja said.
Dr. Susie Whitworth, Medical Director of Cook Children’s Urgent Infections in Fort Worth, said the hospital holds regular meetings on patient influx and staff levels are constantly monitored.
“We almost always stay in capacity,” said Whitworth. “The number of people has reached the limit. The number of patients seen in the hospital just for my service is twice as many as the patients normally seen with the same number of doctors.”
When it comes to capacity, Whitworth said there are many factors, but “the main reason is the influx of cases due to COVID.”
“At least half of what we see are vaccinated teenagers. As far as I know, no teenager has been vaccinated with COVID because they were infected with COVID,” Witt said. Worth said. “We have created a special independent intensive care unit for these children. There are almost completely full double-decker units. Third floor units in case of pop-outs or overflows. RSV is part of it. It seems to be getting better these days. “
Over the past few weeks, some surgeries that seemed medically reasonable to be delayed have been postponed due to the ability of the ICU, Whitworth said.
“If the intensive care unit is full, patients cannot perform selective treatment surgery that requires a couple of nights in the intensive care unit. If it can wait until after the surge, you have to do it. Must be, “she said. “As I said before, in the ICU hospital, one of my parents is using a ventilator somewhere else and the other is caring for a sick child at home. I have a lot of kids because I’m sick or I’m sick myself. It’s emotionally difficult to think through it. “
Whitworth reiterated the message that he would be vaccinated if he was eligible.
“The only way to get out of this pandemic is to get everyone vaccinated. That’s the most important thing you can do,” she said. “When vaccinated, we get out of the pool of people who can get COVID and infect someone else. We have to stop the chain of transmission.”
As of Tuesday, more than 2.4 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Tarrant County. The county vaccine dashboard will provide up-to-date information on vaccination rates on Wednesday.