NYC paramedics are told to STOP taking certain patients in cardiac arrest to hospitals already swamped with coronavirus cases

Thursday, April 2, 2020
By Paul Martin

Medics have been told to leave victims who cannot be revived at the scene
‘They’re trying to do what they can with the people who have the most likely chance of being saved’, one anonymous EMT told The New York Post
The source added: ‘If they can’t get a pulse back, they won’t transport you’
The coronavirus outbreak has already pushed the city’s ambulance service close to the breaking point, with 20 per cent of its workers already out sick
The COVID-19 death toll in NYC is now 1,374 with 47,439 confirmed cases

By LAUREN FRUEN
DAILYMAIL.COM
2 April 2020

Paramedics in New York City have been told to stop taking certain patients in cardiac arrest to hospitals already swamped with coronavirus cases.

The Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of New York has told medics to leave heart attack sufferers who cannot be revived at the scene with immediate effect.

One anonymous EMT told The New York Post: ‘They’re trying to do what they can with the people who have the most likely chance of being saved.’

The coronavirus outbreak has already pushed the city’s ambulance service close to the breaking point, with 20 per cent of its workers already out sick.

Those in cardiac arrest would normally be taken to hospital.

But a source told The Post: ‘If you can’t get revived on scene, that’s it. They’re going to work on you, but if they can’t get a pulse back, they won’t transport you.’

The letter sent to emergency workers instructs them to try and resuscitate patients as usual.

But adds: ‘No adult non-traumatic or blunt traumatic cardiac arrest is to be transported to a hospital with manual or mechanical compression in progress without either return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) or a direct order from a medical control physician unless there is imminent physical danger to the EMS provider on the scene.’

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