Los Angeles County has announced it is limiting non-COVID emergency care, due to hospitals having reached a “point of crisis” during the pandemic, promoting ethicists to discuss whether the act is justified.
On Monday, the Emergency Medical Services Agency for Los Angeles County issued two directives limiting emergency care during the pandemic, because of a spike in COVID hospitalizations.
One directive stated that emergency medical personnel should not transport patients who suffered cardiac arrest to the hospital, if they could not be revived in the field. The directive was given “due to the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on EMS and 9-1-1 receiving hospitals.”
Another directive stated that supplemental oxygen should only be given to patients with less than 90% oxygen saturation due to “the acute need to conserve oxygen.”
The actions were taken as the number of COVID hospitalizations is expected to spike after the Christmas holiday season, according to the Los Angeles Times.
One medical ethicist told CNA that the county had to make a difficult decision in extraordinary circumstances.
“I think they have gone about a very difficult decision in a reasonable way,” said Dr. Barbara Golder, staff member with the Catholic Medical Association, in an interview with CNA.
With the virus spreading around the country, many local health systems are seriously burdened or at capacity, Golder said. “I’m inclined to believe that this is, in fact, a very extraordinary circumstance,” she said in reference to Los Angeles.
Full story at Catholic News Agency.
Thank you CCD for this article but you have repeatedly allowed commentators to say on your pages that COVID is a hoax, that deaths are at the baseline, that it’s all a Democratic scheme to overturn Trump, that inside Church services are perfectly safe, etc etc. people might have stopped listening to sound medical advice and spread the virus. You allowed people like me issuing warnings to be attacked on your pages.
Why is this such a big problem in California but not in other states with far fewer restrictions on freedoms?
Because we are the biggest state. By far. Is the concept of population a concept too much for you to handle???
Covid isn’t a problem in Africa. There’s more going on here than you acknowledge. Other states with population densities comparable to California cities aren’t having this problem. Seems to be a problem in Democrat run places. Hmmm…..
Have you ever looked at the says in places like north and south Dakota. They aren’t called the dacovids for nothing. Their infection rates per capita were far higher than California. It’s a virus not a political party. On the other hand have you. Priced how many people who go to the White House got COVID?
Anon, let’s be more accurate in our assertions. As of January 8, 2021, the covid death rate per 1000 populations, in part, is as follows: NJ 199, MA 184, ND 177, CONN 176, SD175, MISS 170, LA 166, MISS 170, PENN 135, AZ 134, IND 133, ARK 130, IOWA 120, SC 110, FLA 105, ALA 104, GEO 102, CAL 72, UTAH 42, HAWAII 21, VT 25.
Almost 2 million Africans have died from Covid 19. Every state in the US is having this problem.
In the military battle situation, one often has to decide how to best use scarce medical resources. No one is playing ‘God’.
So it seems to be here. limited resources, overwhelming demand. I believe here, too, no one is playing “God’.
Yes, people are sick; people are dying. That’s how it’s always been. But now, the sick and dying Covid-afflicted are used as an excuse or tool to shut down and control/destroy everyone’s life. Never before has this been done. There has to be a reason and here it is: https://youtu.be/ix5Gt-r4Z24
YFC and mikem, this is right up your alley.
Keep cranking gal because I’m not buying any anti-life link you are pushing
YFC wont be happy until all small business are gone, the government is in complete control of everything.. Covid is being used to rip our freedoms away from us and YFC stands up and cheers
I’m old so I can remember when they said television was going to rot our brains. That was before cable TV. Don’t become a slave to the stupid things people put on the Internet. Use your noggin.
Democrats and their lockdowns have caused millions of people to lose their jobs and their livelihoods.
What about the Republican lockdowns?