/Four patients, two dialysis machines: Rationing medical care becomes a reality in hospitals overwhelmed with covid patients – The Washington Post

Four patients, two dialysis machines: Rationing medical care becomes a reality in hospitals overwhelmed with covid patients – The Washington Post


Peter Mundt, a spokesman for Gritman Medical Center in Moscow, Idaho, said that while the hospital has been able to manage nearly all its covid patients in-house, patients with other urgent issues are suffering. The critical access hospital system has previously prided itself on being able to transfer patients having a heart attack, stroke or a major trauma due to an accident in less than an hour to a higher-level facility, usually to Kootenai. These days, because Kootenai has been full, patients have had to go other states — one patient was transported more than 800 miles to Sacramento.

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