Vanderbilt prepping surge beds at Children's Hospital

This story has been updated to reflect that the additional beds at Children's will be for non-COVID patients only.

 

Beds in Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are being converted to take on additional patients from the medical center’s adult hospital as a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations threatens to break capacity limits.

“While space is tight in our Adult Hospital, we continue to have capacity,” a spokesperson for the medical center told the Post. 

The beds will be available as overflow for non-COVID young adults who are hospitalized.

One of the largest hospitals in the state, Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital has about 730 acute-care and specialty beds as well as a Level I trauma center. The search for additional bed space comes as COVID hospitalizations in the region increase at a rapid pace: On Friday, officials said only 8 percent of ICU beds in Middle Tennessee remained available.

Earlier this week, the medical center reported only having six beds remaining in its 74-bed COVID ward. More than 235 VUMC staff members are currently infected with the virus and unable to go to work. 

Across the state, hospitals are having to deny out-of-state transfers, divert COVID patients, suspend elective surgeries and tap into national staffing resources to keep up with demand. 

Vanderbilt officials did not say whether the medical center has taken similar measures to make additional bed space. 

“Our pandemic incident command team remains active and we continue to monitor all trends carefully should we need to respond,” a spokesperson said.

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