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China - Seasonal flu: Daily outpatients in Beijing hospitals has exeeded 8000 - January 9, 2020

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  • China - Seasonal flu: Daily outpatients in Beijing hospitals has exeeded 8000 - January 9, 2020

    The number of daily outpatient clinics in the capital has exceeded 8000
    2020-01-09 08:35:48 Source: Beijing Daily

    Yesterday, in the Tongzhou District Maternal and Child Health Hospital in Beijing, children who could not help getting cold were infused with parental infusion treatment. Our reporter Cai Daizheng

      Beijing has entered the high season of influenza, major hospitals are welcoming a peak of respiratory infections, and the number of adolescents and children has increased significantly. Recently, the number of pediatric outpatient and emergency outpatients at Beijing Tiantan Hospital has increased by 20%; the highest daily outpatient amount of the Capital Institute of Pediatrics has exceeded 8,000, of which 35% to 40% are children with respiratory infections, which has doubled from the previous months.

      At 9.10 on Tuesday morning, patients waiting for the infusion at the Capital Pediatric Research Institute have been queued to No. 32. The three infusion rooms next to the emergency room were filled with children and parents; even the infusion racks were placed next to the seats in the corridor.

      Xiao Cong (pseudonym), more than 3 years old, fell asleep in his mother's arms with an infusion, and the child still had an antipyretic sticker on his forehead. "The child has been burning for several days, and the body temperature is as high as 40 ? C." Ms. Wang, Xiaocong's mother, said, "In the beginning, I was particularly worried about the child's flu. bed."

      On the first floor of the medical clinic waiting area, Ms. Li is using her mobile phone to play cartoons to soothe her 4-year-old son. "Two days ago, the kindergarten teacher notified two children in the class that they had a flu. No, he had a fever last night and we hurried to the hospital. We are still waiting for the results ..."

      Zhang Guoqing, the attending physician, is in the outpatient department of respiratory medicine on the second floor of the outpatient department. "Recently, there are more children with respiratory infections who have fevers and coughs in respiratory clinics recently. Since about mid-December last year, children with influenza have also gradually increased." Zhang Guoqing said that in general, there are high fever and low white blood cells. The detection rate of influenza in children was significantly higher than in the previous two months. Among them, the majority of influenza A and some of influenza B were also detected. "Children with fever, vomiting, and other gastrointestinal symptoms will have a higher rate of B-flu; children with A-flu are the main symptoms of persistent high fever, sore throat, cough, and general soreness."

      Because of concerns about hospital queues and cross-infection, some parents choose to give their children medicine at home. Zhang Guoqing said that in the high season of influenza and at the end of the period, the child's immune system will decline when he is tired, and he will be susceptible to illness. However, for children who are young, have basic diseases such as asthma, and have flu-like symptoms such as persistent high fever, sore throat, and generalized body aches, it is still recommended to see the hospital as soon as possible to rule out the flu. If the child has only a fever and is in a good spirit, he can observe at home first. If the condition persists, he needs to go to the hospital. "If the child is sick, it is okay for parents to give the child some heat-clearing and detoxifying drugs, but drugs like oseltamivir and antibiotics should still be taken as much as possible."

      Zhang Guoqing reminded parents to minimize taking their children to crowded public places, such as bookstores and playgrounds, especially indoor entertainment places with poor ventilation, to avoid increasing the risk of children becoming infected. In addition, if your child has been clearly diagnosed with the flu, it is recommended not to go to school. For two-child families, a child must be isolated as much as possible after the flu; if there is no isolation condition, the affected child must also wear a mask. The other child, who has a history of close contact and belongs to a high-risk group, can take anti-flu drugs with or without flu symptoms.

      To cope with the peak of influenza, the medical staff of the Capital Institute of Pediatrics worked overtime, increased the number of consultation numbers, and extended the outpatient time ... Recently, the hospital also organized party members and cadres to open a small night shift "love clinic" to increase the number of doctors at night general medical clinics and divert them Visit a child to relieve emergency pressure.

      At present, schools in the city have entered the end of the period. According to the practice of previous years, the number of influenza cases will decline after the students are on vacation. (Reporter Liu Huan )