New York Paramedics Outraged Over Decision Not to Revive Cardiac Patients

New York City, USA – January 9, 2013: Ambulance and fire truck at the scene of a ferry accident at Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan.

OPINION:

If you are a cardiac patient you might want to avoid New York State. And if you live in the Empire State, you might want to consider moving.

The New York Health Department issued a blanket do-not-resuscitate directive – instructing first responders not to revive patients without a pulse.

The New York Post obtained an exclusive copy of the directive – aimed at protecting paramedics during the pandemic.

The new orders have caused outrage among first responders.

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The president of the union representing paramedics accused the Health Department of not giving people a second chance to live.

“They’re not giving people a second chance to live anymore,” Oren Barzilay told the New York Post. “Our job is to bring patients back to life. This guideline takes that away from us.”

The new orders are similar to ones issued by the agency that governs New York City ambulances. Those orders barred paramedics from bringing a patient to the hospital if they could not be revived in the field.

It’s a stunning decision – government leaders now deciding the metrics by which someone will either live or die. A death panel by any other name is still a death panel.

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