Oklahoma hospitals increase in pediatric patients amid omicron surge

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Oklahoma hospitals are seeing an increase in pediatric patients amid the omicron surge.Oklahoma Children’s Hospital has treated up to three times more children than they did during last winter’s surge. Compared to the five to 10 children in the hospital beds last year, there are 25 children this year.Hospital officials said that this is not where they want to be.”We’re seeing a greater number of pediatric patients admitted but I don’t know if it’s not just because we’re seeing twice as many people within the state that are infected,” said Dr. Cameron Mantor, the chief medical officer for Oklahoma Children’s Hospital.On Friday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported that the 7-day average was just above 4,000 new cases. On Tuesday, that average is more than 6,500.Mantor said that the Children’s Hospital has had to sideline some procedures due to the staffing strain.”We’re still actively stopping elective admissions to the hospital. We’re stopping surgical cases from being done at the hospital. Particularly at Children’s, we’re having to push things off and that is not always the best for our patients, but we simply do not have the staff to take care of them,” Mantor said.Mantor urged parents to get their children vaccinated to keep them out of the hospital.”We still don’t have a lot of our kids vaccinated. Five and over can be vaccinated. It’s still a pretty small number compared to the adults,” Mantor said.The doctor also said to get them vaccinated so that they can keep learning in school.”They need to socialize. They need to be back with their friends. They need to be back where they belong at this time of their life. It’s so important for their development. We want to get our kids back in school, but we want to do it safely and we can if they get vaccinated and wear a mask,” Mantor said.The Health Department reported 32 pediatric hospitalizations statewide, with 25 of them being at the Children’s Hospital.

Oklahoma hospitals are seeing an increase in pediatric patients amid the omicron surge.

Oklahoma Children’s Hospital has treated up to three times more children than they did during last winter’s surge. Compared to the five to 10 children in the hospital beds last year, there are 25 children this year.

Hospital officials said that this is not where they want to be.

“We’re seeing a greater number of pediatric patients admitted but I don’t know if it’s not just because we’re seeing twice as many people within the state that are infected,” said Dr. Cameron Mantor, the chief medical officer for Oklahoma Children’s Hospital.

On Friday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported that the 7-day average was just above 4,000 new cases. On Tuesday, that average is more than 6,500.

Mantor said that the Children’s Hospital has had to sideline some procedures due to the staffing strain.

“We’re still actively stopping elective admissions to the hospital. We’re stopping surgical cases from being done at the hospital. Particularly at Children’s, we’re having to push things off and that is not always the best for our patients, but we simply do not have the staff to take care of them,” Mantor said.

Mantor urged parents to get their children vaccinated to keep them out of the hospital.

“We still don’t have a lot of our kids vaccinated. Five and over can be vaccinated. It’s still a pretty small number compared to the adults,” Mantor said.

The doctor also said to get them vaccinated so that they can keep learning in school.

“They need to socialize. They need to be back with their friends. They need to be back where they belong at this time of their life. It’s so important for their development. We want to get our kids back in school, but we want to do it safely and we can if they get vaccinated and wear a mask,” Mantor said.

The Health Department reported 32 pediatric hospitalizations statewide, with 25 of them being at the Children’s Hospital.



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