Intensive Care in Critical Access Hospitals (Working Paper)


Describes what officials at Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) mean when they report that they provide intensive care and the importance of these services to the hospital and the community it serves. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with Directors of Nursing at 63 CAHs in 27 states. Respondents described the physical structure of the intensive care area, equipment and staffing available for such care, types of patients who receive intensive care, transfer patterns, the role of intensive care in the decision to convert to CAH status, and the perceived value of this service to the community and hospital.

North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
Victoria Freeman, Joan Walsh, Matthew Rudolf, Rebecca Slifkin