florida plan advises hospitals to bar some patients in event of severe flu pandemic
scary thought that we are even talking about this!
florida health officials are drawing up guidelines that recommend barring patients with incurable cancer, end-stage multiple sclerosis and other conditions from being admitted to hospitals if the state is overwhelmed by flu cases.
the plan, which would guide florida hospitals on how to ration scarce medical care during a severe flu outbreak, also calls for doctors to remove patients with poor prognoses from ventilators to treat those who have better chances of surviving. that decision would be made by the hospital.
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