Two new “game-changing” medications for RSV have local pediatricians hopeful that far fewer children will be hospitalized with respiratory illness this season.
In an effort to address hospital capacity, Salem Hospital has activated its diversion policy 10 times since Thanksgiving weekend. The policy triggers a temporary pause on receiving patients with non-life threatening injuries from ambulances, who are taken to other hospitals.
The 112 nurses and respiratory therapists will help Oregon Health & Science University’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Legacy Health’s Randall Children’s Hospital cope with a surge of patients.
Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is not new, but has caused more pediatric hospitalizations this year than usual. In combination with an increase in Covid and flu cases, Salem-area hospitals are prepping to meet a surge of patients.