Home>702Times>As RSV Infections Increase There Is a Shortage of Hospital Cribs and Pediatric Beds in Southern Nevada

As RSV Infections Increase There Is a Shortage of Hospital Cribs and Pediatric Beds in Southern Nevada

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, December 8, 2022 6:42 am

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (702 Times, NV Globe) – According to the Nevada Hospital Association, the increase in RSV occurrences in Nevada has resulted in a lack of hospital cribs and pediatric beds.

“This week, supplies in southern Nevada have been elevated to an alert level as hospitals have requested assistance getting pediatric beds and cribs as they expand services to meet the rising demand. There is a recognized shortage of this equipment nationally as the pediatric surge placed unanticipated pressures on suppliers and manufacturers,” the association stated in its latest report.

Statewide pediatric patient capacity is still at or close to 100%, according to the association.

“We’ve been fielding calls for probably the last month, month and a half from health care facilities around the country. And as soon as we can capture them, we bring them in– but demand is very high. And typically a lot of that equipment is already sold before it even hits our door,” said Cliff Galante of Gumbo Medical, LLC. Every bed in stock is currently spoken for, the company said.

A hospital in Georgia just bought several pediatric beds, and inquiries have come in from as far away as New York.

The issue is widespread, as manufacturers continue to be hampered by supply chain challenges and struggle to meet rising demand.

“As a parent, I’m currently concerned because there’s currently no vaccine for RSV. If children get really sick, they have to go to the hospital and hopefully there are enough beds there for health care professionals to treat children,” Galante said.

Galante believes that once the flu season is finished, supply will return to normal.

Credits: Fox 5 Vegas

Copyright 2022 702 Times, NV Globe. All rights reserved.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Spread the news:


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *