Rural hospitals ‘provide a vital service to the community’

From Pharmacy Choice:

A reduction in the number of rural hospitals creates a ripple effect felt in both their own communities and in urban areas, said David Pearson, chief executive officer of the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals.

Remove rural hospitals from the health equation, and it becomes probable that a patient needing lifesaving intervention may not receive it in time, while valuable economic engines are removed from the cities where they are located.

Rural hospitals often have some of a community’s highest-paying jobs, and smaller towns are often not able to attract new businesses if there is not a viable health care facility there, Pearson said.

“There is just a different quality of life in a rural community where access to all the services that are necessary on a day-to-day basis are still in existence,” Pearson said.

Telehealth visits may be an option after surgery

From Reuters:

People may happily, and safely, forgo in-person doctors’ visits after surgery by opting instead for talking with their surgeons by phone or video, suggests a small study of U.S. veterans.

Most patients preferred the virtual visits and the doctors didn’t miss any infections that popped up after surgery, the researchers report in JAMA Surgery.

“These kinds of methods are really important in the climate we’re in now,” said lead author Dr. Michael Vella, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. “So I think anything you can do to save money, see more patients and improve access to care is really important.”