How Your Hospital Staff Can Prepare for the EV-D68 Virus Affecting Children
When reports of at least 10 children being admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital in Virginia surfaced, hospital officials began to grow uneasy. The children, who ranged in age from 2 to 10 years old, were diagnosed with the mysterious Enterovirus EV-D68.
Twelve states have now reported clusters of the illness and health officials are concerned by the number of increasing hospitalizations.
One of many non-polio enteroviruses, EV-D68 infections have been reported to cause mild to severe respiratory illness. However, the full spectrum of the illness is not well-defined, states the Centers for Disease Control. Given that EV-D68 has been rarely reported in the United States for the last 40 years, knowing how to approach and treat patients with this virus is unclear.
At a recent press conference, Niswonger Children’s Hospital’s CEO Steven Godbold hoped to assuage concerns over the hospital’s preparedness.
“We’re well-prepared to take care of the pediatric patients in our region and Mountain States, in general, throughout any of the facilities in our region,” said Godbold.
“This current strain that has been seen, EV-D68, has been a little more virulent, which means it has been more likely to cause a stronger infection in certain populations of kids, particularly kids with other illnesses,” added Dr. Melissa Keene, medical director of NCH’s medicine program.
If your hospital staff is faced with treating a patient diagnosed with EV-D68, the CDC advises the following:
- Be aware of EV-D68 as a potential cause of clusters of severe respiratory illness, particularly in young children.
- Consider laboratory testing of respiratory specimens for enteroviruses when the cause of infection in severely ill patients is unclear.
- Report cases and clusters of severe respiratory illnesses to state and local health departments for further guidance.
U.S. healthcare professionals may test for enteroviruses and approach state health departments or the CDC for typing. The CDC is currently working with state and local health departments and clinical and state laboratories to enhance their capacity to identify and investigate outbreaks. Healthcare officials can consult with the CDC by sending an email to [email protected]
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”