The patient wouldn’t stay after the procedure, as is normally the case, and would return to Permian Regional to recuperate.
She is one of four doctors at the rural hospital, which has no intensive-care unit.
“Never in the history of ever” have small hospitals transferred patients to bigger facilities for procedures and immediately brought them back, she said.
The trade-off is one of many that doctors and nurses at the nation’s smallest hospitals are now making to help patients, as the pandemic’s largest, most widespread U.S. surge pushes rural health care to its limits.
Hospitalizations nationally have nearly doubled in November, setting a record Nov. 10, and every day since, to reach about 90,480 people in hospitals with Covid-19 on Thursday, Covid Tracking Project data show.
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