Pediatric emergency visits, hospitalizations down sharply during pandemic

Pediatric emergency visits, hospitalizations down sharply during pandemic

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, children’s hospitals across the U.S. have seen significant reductions in the number of children being treated for common pediatric illnesses like asthma and pneumonia, according to a new multicenter study led by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Researchers at Children’s Hospital found that 42% fewer children were being seen and hospitalized at 44 children’s hospitals across the U.S. for both respiratory and non-respiratory illnesses, with the most significant reduction seen in children under age 12. Hospitals saw a decline in the number of children seen or hospitalized for respiratory illness by 62%, while there was 38% reduction for…

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