Pediatric Visits to Emergency Departments During COVID-19 Pandemic Drop

AlixPartners Forecasts: Household Products Could Cost U.S. Manufacturers and Consumers 15% More This Year Due to Resin Shortage

While companies can’t control the market forces at play, they can take action to mitigate the risk and impact of supply chain disruption.

How To Control a Radio Frequency (RF) Process

The radio frequency welding and manufacturing process uses electromagnetic energy and pressure to fuse and permanently bond vinyl, thermoplastic, and coated materials to produce a specific product - all according to customer requirements. Using this RF sealing process, a distinct, one-piece perpetual bond is formulated that is both solid and resistant to ripping or tearing. But how is this process controlled, and with what specific tools? Read on.

January 9, 2021

Pediatric visits to hospital emergency departments declined dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, outpacing a similar decline in adult visits, according to a study led by three Allegheny Health Network (AHN) emergency medicine physicians, recently published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Comparing January-June 2020 to a similar period in 2019, using data from 148 emergency departments, children’s hospitals emergency departments and urgent care centers, the researchers found that pediatric visits declined by as much as 72 percent, compared to a 60 percent decline for adults.

The study was led by Jesse Pines, MD, an emergency physician at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), Arvind Venkat, MD, an emergency physician at AGH and AHN-McCandless, and Jestin Carlson, MD, an emergency physician at AHN Saint Vincent, along with researchers from Brandeis University, Northwestern University, George Washington University and U.S. Acute Care Solutions.

“Our research showed declines in pediatric ED usage across all geographic areas, and for all conditions from serious to relatively minor,” Dr. Pines said. “While some of the declines are the natural result of social distancing and school closures, we are concerned parents may be putting off care for their children’s serious or potentially serious conditions.”

Emergency pediatric visits for upper respiratory infections and the flu dropped as much as 84 percent, compared to 2019, during the early months of the pandemic. Visits for arm fractures declined by 43 percent and for open head wounds by 31 percent.

“With school buildings closed and group sports activities limited, it’s expected that we would see fewer emergency visits for contagious diseases like the flu, and for conditions such as fractures that typically happen on the playing field,” Dr. Carlson said. “We also found that the number of emergency visits for influenza was about a fifth of 2019 levels, giving us hope that this may portend a milder-than-usual influenza season for 2020-2021.”

The lower-than-usual numbers for pediatric emergency visits continued into June 2020. Further investigation will be needed to determine the impact of this phenomenon on children’s health, the researchers said.

“Our greatest concern is that parents may be avoiding emergency care when their children definitively need it during the pandemic for conditions like appendicitis. This could worsen outcomes,” Dr. Pines said. “The clear message to parents is to not avoid emergency care, particularly in situations that could be potentially serious.”

“Emergency departments are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing needed medical care to a diverse array of individuals,” Dr. Venkat said. “We take numerous precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities, including mandatory mask wearing, social distancing in waiting rooms, expedited check-in and around-the-clock disinfecting, and we want to assure parents that it is safe to bring their children in for emergency care.”

spot_img

DON'T MISS

Mediclinic Appoints 2 New Independent Non-Executive Directors

Natalia Barsegiyan and Zarina Bassa will bring significant and diverse skills and experience, complementing those of existing Board members. I am confident they will both be great additions to our Board of Directors.”

Asensus Surgical Appoints Two New Board Members

Asensus Surgical, Inc. (NYSE American: ASXC), a medical device company that is digitizing the interface between the surgeon and the patient to pioneer a new era of Performance-Guided Surgery™, today announced the expansion of its Board of Directors, appointing...

Our Sister Publication: Biotechnology News Magazine

Subscribe to Medical Device News Magazine here.