Rural Hospitals Struggle to Find Places to Transfer Patients Amid COVID-19 Surges

Source: FierceHealthcare

Norton County Hospital is facing a major problem in recent days: Figuring out where to send patients that need a higher level of care.

As larger hospitals become overwhelmed with serious cases of COVID-19, the options are dwindling. For Norton, the closest hospital that it has been able to transport patients is six hours away, according to a FierceHealthcare report.

“We are seeing more COVID-19 patients, in addition to traumas and other emergencies,“ said Katie Allen, community relations director for the 25-bed rural hospital in Kansas. “It is becoming more difficult to transfer any of these patients out to a higher level of care at this time.”

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