This is a discussion on how to treat the most people for the good of society. We all know about START triage for MCI. How will we utilize known processes for covid. This is for when capacity has been reached and system collapse is imminent.
Not so much triage but a system of how to choose what patients can come to the hospital.
Edit: changed from triage to defcon alert numbering. To reflect intention of discussion.
Defcon 4: All patients in long term facility already on vent should should stay at current facility. Some or most could die. They must be treated were they are currently at to the best of the providers ability.
Defcon 3: No longer will accept patients that are permanently bed bound and poor quality of life. They must remain in facility that they are at.
Defcon 2: All patients that have high co morbidities with poor prognosis will not be put on ventilator.
Defcon 1: No longer will put patients over 85 on vents. Family may manually ventilate.
You get the ideal. Is there already papers or procedures in place for when we are overwhelmed?
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