One Ambulance Ride Leads to Another When Packed Hospitals Cannot Handle Non-Covid Patients

This story also ran on U.S. News & World Report. It can be republished for free. Keely Connolly thought she would be safe once the ambulance arrived at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center in Kansas. She was having difficulty breathing because she’d had to miss a kidney dialysis treatment a few days earlier for lack of child care. Her potassium was dangerously high, putting her at risk of a heart attack. But she trusted she would be fine once she was admitted and dialysis was begun. She panicked when a nurse told her that no beds were available and that she would have to be transferred — possibl…

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