Report: NY Issues Do Not Resuscitate Guidelines for Cardiac Patients

BY: JEMS

New York state health officials are urging emergency service workers not to revive anyone without a pulse as the state battles coronavirus, according to a report.

A memo from the state Health Department says the change is “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,’’ the New York Post reported.

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The new guidelines have been in use in other areas of the United States and locations around the world before COVID-19.

Oren Barzilay, president of the Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics & Fire Inspectors FDNY – Local 2507, told the newspaper the city is “not giving people a second chance to live anymore.”

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The FDNY wrote in a letter “the NYC 911 system will continue to maintain a higher level of care,” according to the Post.

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