Rural hospitals in North Texas are struggling to find beds for patients

Rural hospitals in North Texas said patients die because health workers cannot locate the bed in time.

The CEO of Glen Rose Medical Center said that in one case, there was a patient who needed emergency surgery in a couple of hours, but it took more than 24 hours and a plane ride south of St. Louis. Antonio before finding a bed.

The dire situation in which these rural hospitals find themselves is a reflection of the reduced resources, not only in large cities like Dallas and Fort Worth, but throughout the state and the entire region.

Hospitals are looking for beds all the way to Colorado and even Florida. But sometimes it’s too late.

Glen Rose Medical Center is not an imposing hospital like those in Dallas or Fort Worth, but it is where health care workers are in one of the most difficult positions to date.

“They’re working as hard as they can to try to keep these people alive enough to take them to a place, and it’s often too late,” said Glen Rose Medical Center CEO Michael Honea.

He said they had a patient without COVID-19 who needed emergency surgery.

It took more than 24 hours and they called more than 60 hospitals to find a bed. Although they eventually found a bed, the patient did not make it.

“We got a surgeon to accept this patient south of San Antonio. We had to put them on a fixed-wing plane and make them fly there. But unfortunately, it wasn’t enough,” Honea said.

“Right now we’re in a bad place,” John Henderson said.

Henderson leads the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, also known as TORCH.

“When transfers and treatments are delayed, you have damage. He spoke this week with a doctor in Bellville, Texas, who said he had never lost a patient to this particular diagnosis, but it took him eight or ten hours to do it. -they flew them to Houston and the patient did not survive, “Henderson explained.

Small hospitals face the burden because larger hospitals have few beds and few staff, as they themselves are overwhelmed.

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On Friday, Cook Children reported its highest number of children hospitalized with COVID-19, at 41.

For a third day in a row, North Texas hospitals reported that there were no pediatric ICU beds with staff available.

Although Cook Children officials said that, up to this point, they have not had to transport patients to any other place to receive treatment.

“It’s bad enough to have to deal with COVID on a daily basis, but when you see patients with potentially preventable and treatable diseases, and the only reason they’re not doing well is because there’s no bed available. It’s devastating,” Honea said. .

With additional staffing and hard-to-reach beds, hospitals now rely on the community to get vaccinated and masked to help both COVID and non-COVID patients.

“A lot of people, complacency, are a little finished and don’t see what is still being played every day in hospitals. It’s something scary,” Honea added.

The TORCH CEO said there are hopes we can be close to a peak, as hospitalizations across the state look like they could be high.

But at Glen Rose, one variable is how schools can encourage the spread of the virus.

Glen Rose Junior High is one of the schools that stopped face-to-face instruction this week and on Friday, the district announced it would extend its closure until Wednesday.

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