Jim Pattison Children's Hospital in Saskatoon 'overflowing with sick children'

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Children's Hospital doctor points out that the nursing staff is exhausted and that the current pace is not sustainable (Archives).

After a busy December, the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital in Saskatoon is still seeing many sick children. According to pediatrician Mahli Brindamour, many are affected by respiratory viruses.

A large part of these viruses cause respiratory problems, especially for children under 5, explains the doctor .

After the flu in December, we are now seeing cases of respiratory syncytial virus, rhinovirus, metapneumovirus and many more. According to her, infants are particularly at risk of being hospitalized.

Dre Brindamour adds that the nursing staff is exhausted and that the current pace is not sustainable.

“Even though there is usually a peak in respiratory illnesses in January, we are seeing more cases than usual. Plus, with higher volume comes more serious cases.

— Dr. Mahli Brindamour, pediatrician at Jim Pattison Children's Hospital

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Dr. Brindamour explains that with a high number of young patients in the emergency room, some children have to wait between 4 and 6 p.m. for a bed and that the hospital has had to make difficult decisions in the last few days.

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Saskatchewan Nurses Union President Tracy Zambory points out that the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital is overflowing with sick, scared children and who are anxious.

She adds that the hospital emergency room is under constant pressure. They are at 200% capacity […] They have 20 people waiting in their emergency room at all times, says Ms. Zambory.

Despite the situation difficult, pediatrician Mahli Brindamour suggests that parents still go to the hospital if needed. If you are wondering if you should go to the hospital, this is probably a sign that you should go.

A child who is not breathing well, who does not urinate enough or who has a fever that lasts more than three days should be evaluated by a doctor, believes Dr. Brindamour.

She recommends Saskatchewanians should also receive the flu vaccine and a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, in addition to washing their hands regularly and making sure to cough into their elbows.

With information from Scott Larson

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