Quote from sallyrnrrt
You would be shocked at what smaller rural hospitals have to do,
First off, it's not that they don't want critical patients....
People have trauma, no matter where they live.......these smaller hospitals, must deal with that same trauma, without the resources of a trauma center....
Critical thinking skills, in stabilization, coordinating transfers, both ground and flight....you will not be bored
This. I work in an urban level 1 trauma center -- in the SICU, so I get the pts that don't die en route/ED/OR.
However, I hail from a town where the cows outnumber the people. (I have never been to TX and am not familiar with your geography, so you may need to take this w/ a grain of salt.)
Farm accidents are HORRIFIC. Plus there are the typical MVCs/motorcycle crashes... Construction accidents... Meth gone wrong... and meth can go soooooooo wrong, between the culinary mishaps and psychosis-induced murder attempts, and it's soooooo prevalent in rural communities.
It's the staff in those critical access hospitals that do the initial stabilization before they can be transported to a level 1/2 trauma center.