NY rescinds new resuscitation guidelines for EMS

By: EMS1/ Geoff Herbert
Syracuse Media Group, N.Y.

The state department of health had issued instructions last week to not attempt to resuscitate cardiac arrest patients who don’t have a pulse.

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state has revoked a new do-not-resuscitate guideline for cardiac patients due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The New York Post reported Tuesday that a NYS Health Department memo issued last week told paramedics not to try and revive anyone without a pulse, despite previously being told to spend up to 20 minutes trying to save people found in cardiac arrest. The memo said the change was “necessary during the COVID-19 response to protect the health and safety of EMS providers by limiting their exposure, conserve resources, and ensure optimal use of equipment to save the greatest number of lives.”

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