New guidance for EMS professionals in New York City and Long Island says cardiac arrest patients should not be transported to hospitals if they cannot be saved in the field.
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WABC-TV reports the new directive comes as hospitals are dealing with an influx of coronavirus patients.
EMS crews are being told if they can’t resuscitate a patient, they should declare the person dead.
“These orders are binding and the FDNY will devise a plan for implementation,” said Deputy Fire Commissioner Frank Dwyer.