Pediatric capacity crisis: A framework and strategies to prepare for a pediatric surge.

Pediatric capacity crisis: A framework and strategies to prepare for a pediatric surge.

Publication date: Feb 01, 2024

A pediatric capacity crisis developed across the country in the Fall and Winter of 2022 due to a combination of factors, including a surge in respiratory viruses, staffing shortages, and historical closures of inpatient pediatric units. The COVID-19 pandemic and associated surge in critically ill adult patients demonstrated that health care systems and health care workers can quickly implement creative and collaborative system-wide solutions to deliver the best care possible during a capacity crisis. Similar solutions are needed to respond to future surges in pediatric volume and to maintain a high standard of care during such a surge. This paper aims to build upon insights from the COVID-19 and H1N1 pandemic responses and the 2022 pediatric capacity crisis. We provide specific recommendations addressing governmental/policy, hospital/health care system, and individual clinician strategies that can be implemented to manage future surges in pediatric patient volume.

Concepts Keywords
Covid capacity crisis
Future health care systems
Inpatient pediatrics
Viruses policy
Winter

Semantics

Type Source Name
disease IDO country
disease VO Viruses
disease MESH COVID-19 pandemic
disease MESH critically ill
disease VO volume

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