Interactive Maps Highlight Urban-Rural Differences in Hospital Bed Capacity

As the U.S. coronavirus outbreak spreads past densely populated metropolitan areas, a new KFF analysis finds that rural areas sometimes have fewer intensive care hospital assets than their city counterparts, and populations at larger danger of growing critical sickness and problems from COVID-19.

While metro and non-metro areas have comparable numbers of hospital beds per capita (23.5 vs 23.eight beds per 10,000 folks), non-metro areas have fewer intensive care (ICU) beds – about 1.7 per 10,000 folks, in comparison with 2.eight in city areas. When adjusted for age, non-metro areas have just one.6 ICU beds per 10,000 age-adjusted inhabitants, in comparison with 2.9 ICU beds in metro areas. Since older adults with COVID-19 are each extra prone to require hospitalization and extra prone to require intensive care whereas hospitalized, outbreaks in rural communities may pressure the already restricted capability of their well being programs.

The evaluation contains interactive maps that allow customers to discover estimates of hospital mattress capability by space, and to regulate these estimates based mostly on the age of the inhabitants.

On common, residents of rural areas are typically older and sicker than individuals who stay in city areas. 20% of individuals dwelling in non-metro areas are age 65 or older, and 26% of residents below age 65 have well being situations that put them at a better danger of growing critical COVID-19 problems. Many could already face challenges accessing well being care companies resulting from components like supplier shortages and longer journey instances to achieve hospitals.

The evaluation is a part of the Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker, a web-based info hub devoted to monitoring and assessing the efficiency of the U.S. well being system. For extra information, evaluation, polling and journalism on the COVID-19 pandemic, go to our particular useful resource web page on kff.org.

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