COVID-19 admissions at Spectrum Health have not increased much over the previous few weeks, despite the fact that the number of COVID-19 patients at Spectrum Health continues to rise.
That’s fantastic news.
However, Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Youngsters’s Hospital has seen a surge in COVID-19-infected children.
Darryl Elmouchi, MD, MBA, president of Spectrum Health West Michigan, spoke recently about what he’s seeing and what he hopes to see in the future.
Q: What is the current state of hospitalizations?
There is a lull in most Spectrum Health teams right present. There was a spike in the number of patients checking into hospitals for several months, but that level has been holding steady in recent weeks.
According to Dr. Elmouchi, “the good news is that number really hasn’t gone up”. “The difficult news is that that number hasn’t decreased.”
Do you expect COVID-19 admissions to decrease in the near future?
The rate of community positivity at Spectrum Health has been steadily falling over the last few years. It is hoped by those in charge of clinical care that the trend will continue.
Because of the decrease in the positive level, Dr. Elmouchi noted, “We are feeling better and better each day.”
Fewer people will be admitted in the coming weeks if this pattern persists.
The number of children admitted to local hospitals due to COVID-19 is unknown.
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital has seen a record number of children with COVID-19, and this has been one of the most difficult and aggravating aspects of the omicron surge, Dr. Elmouchi stated.
On any given day in late January, Spectrum Health was treating 30 or more children who were unwell.
The number of children being treated for COVID at Spectrum Health was frequently in the teens prior to the introduction of omicron.
“This is a significant rise,” he remarked.
Children with COVID-19 may have additional health issues.
Omicron is exceedingly contagious and easily spread, and it has been found in children who were taken to the hospital for another reason but afterwards tested positive for it.
COVID-19-related symptoms, such as pneumonia, are the most common reason for COVID-19-infected children to be hospitalized at this time. As also, a large number of people are sick.
Doctor Elmouchi believes that the majority of children who are admitted with COVID are there as a direct result of the disease.
The COVID-19 variations haven’t received any news yet, so what can we expect?
Other than omicron, the current COVID-19 variant is known as BA.1, and there is a subversion known as BA.2.
Based on the data so far, it appears to be acting like omicron.
In terms of whether it’s a clinical concern, “most doctors at this stage don’t think so,” Dr. Elmouchi said.
It’s a campaign called “The People Behind the Mask.”
Throughout this epidemic, Spectrum Health team members have worked tirelessly to care for patients, many of whom are facing serious disease.
There has been a two-year fight on this pandemic, Dr. Elmouchi declared. There was a war being fought by hospital and health care professionals. All of us have had a terrible time with it.”
This campaign’s purpose is to reveal the person behind the mask.
This is to show people it’s not just a bunch of robots taking care of you. Consider it and treat everyone with respect,” says the author of this post.
What can members of the public do to assist Spectrum Health staff?
Show courtesy and a smile to others around you.
As a doctor, Dr. Elmouchi always regarded the patient’s smiles and thank-yous as the best part of his work.
Even if they’re a bit late, that person is there for you,” he remarked.