Canadian Red Cross to help CHEO amid surge in respiratory illnesses in children

Canada Global (Web News) A children’s hospital in Ottawa will soon receive help from the Canadian Red Cross. Hospitals here are under-resourced due to outbreaks of respiratory disease among children.
The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, also known as CHEO, has issued a plea for help after the hospital was overwhelmed with children and youth.

Red Cross spokeswoman Leanne Musselman said the organization is seeking help from hospital staff. Sending small teams. Be given clinical tasks to complete. 

But they did not disclose a start date for the deal, but Tommy DeGiovanni, CEO’s chief nursing executive, said Red Cross workers would be here starting next week to support clinical teams.

“This will allow our redeployed staff to return to their normal roles and ensure that the CEO team is engaged in providing safe and effective healthcare to our patients,” he said in a statement.

 It may be noted that CHEO started a second intensive care unit in November to help sick children. As of Dec. 1, only 10 of the 130 beds in Ontario’s pediatric intensive care units were empty, according to official data.
Seasonal flu, RS virus and Covid-19 have forced CEOs to adopt such stringent standards, he said.

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