Surgical Capacity of Rural Washington State Hospitals


This study examined the availability of several elective and urgent surgical procedures at rural hospitals, identified the specialties of rural surgery and anesthesia providers, and determined where rural residents obtained surgical services and how the utilization of services is influenced by the presence of local services. Data were obtained from telephone interviews with hospital administrators, directors of nursing services, and/or operating room charge nurses. Washington State complete hospital discharge data provided the number of selected and aggregate procedures for each hospital by diagnosis and procedure codes, as well as hospital reimbursement for surgical procedures.