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Rangely District Hospital maintains both a comprehensive nursing and a rehabilitation facility. We have licensed Registered Nurses (R. N.) and Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA) on staff 24 hours per day to assist in any medical emergency.

The Nursing Department provides care under the following Service Types:

Observation Status

Is commonly assigned to patients who present to the emergency department and who then require a period of treatment or monitoring before a decision is made concerning their admission or discharge. In the majority of cases, the decision whether to discharge or admit the patient as an inpatient can be made in less than 48 hours, usually in less than 24 hours.

Inpatient or Acute Care

Generally, a patient is considered an inpatient with the expectation that he or she will require hospital care to span at least two midnights.  The decision to admit a patient is a complex medical judgment which can be made only after the provider has considered a number of factors, including the patient's medical history and current medical needs, the types of facilities available to inpatients and to outpatients, the hospital's by-laws and admissions policies, and the relative appropriateness of treatment in each setting. Factors to be considered when making the decision to admit include such things as:

• The severity of the signs and symptoms exhibited by the patient;

• The medical predictability of something adverse happening to the patient;

• The need for diagnostic studies that appropriately are outpatient services (i.e., their performance does not ordinarily require the patient to remain at the hospital for 24 hours or more) to assist in assessing whether the patient should be admitted; and

• The availability of diagnostic procedures at the time when and at the location where the patient presents.

Rangely District Hospital is a Critical Access Hospital so inpatients should require 2 midnights at a minimum and less than 96 hours at a maximum. 

Skilled Nursing Care (SNF)

SNFs provide high quality medical care from skilled nursing or therapy staff to treat, manage, and observe your condition, and evaluate your care. Skilled care is nursing and therapy care that can only be safely and effectively performed by, or under the supervision of, skilled nursing or therapy professionals. The following criteria must be met for Skilled Nursing Care to be an option:

  • There must be a three‐day qualifying inpatient stay;
  • Patient’s Skilled Nursing admission condition is the same as the qualifying stay condition;
  • Patient is being admitted to Skilled Nursing within thirty days of discharge;

The Skilled Services that the patient most commonly needs, that can be offered specifically at Rangely District Hospital are:

  • Physical Therapy 5 days per week
  • Daily intravenous (IV) infusions

There are a select few other reasons for Skilled Nursing Care that Rangely District Hospital can offer, these are limited and very specific so they are not listed here.

Outpatient IV Therapy

Infusion therapy — also known as IV therapy — involves administering medications intravenously. It allows for much more efficient treatment of acute or chronic illnesses since it delivers medicine, antibiotics, and/or hydration directly into the bloodstream. As a result, there’s a higher absorption rate and you can obtain relief faster.

IV Therapy is used to treat acute illnesses that do not require hospitalization and do require IV medication, such as antibiotics one or two times per day.

IV therapy is also used to treat a long list of chronic conditions with infusions that can range in frequency from every few weeks to every few months, including but not limited to:

The duration of each IV therapy session depends on the medication being administered and your specific needs.

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