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#BackPain #NeckPain #RSV #hospitals

#Doctor, could you comment on these topics to the #media today?

>> WFH could be disabling

>> Full pediatric hospitals double up

The Med & Mic™ 11.11.22

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More Back Pain

In the UK, the number of people unfit for work because of neck and back injuries has climbed from 2 million pre-pandemic to 2.5 million in 2022. More than 70% of the increase occurred after the pandemic started in early 2020. Neck and back problems were the second leading reason for people to leave the workforce. Statisticians point to poor ergonomics in home work spaces as a potential reason. (Source: The Guardian, L. Elliott and J. Partridge, 11.10.22)

Pediatric Hospitals Strained

In Michigan, 86% of pediatric ICU beds are in use. High rates of RSV along with COVID and flu are contributing to the full occupancy. Also, critical shortages of nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, and other staff are limiting capacity. Some hospitals are treating children in chairs because even the hallway beds are full. Some hospitals have converted private rooms into double rooms and have turned adult beds into pediatric beds. Some hospitals are coordinating patient transfers to open up ICU space. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is bolstering its hospital volunteer registries. Also, travel nurses have been requested. Resource planners are concerned because the surge could continue and flu season is just starting. (Source: Detroit Free Press, K.J. Shamus, 11.10.22)

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