The guidelines say: “The allocation decision will be to determine which patients receive which resources. In some cases, it may involve a decision to obtain scarce resources from one patient and allocate them to another patient who is more likely to benefit from it. “
The Los Angeles County Hospital has treated more than 8,000 Covid-1
The guidelines say that the most likely shortage will be personnel. For example, if there is a shortage of respiratory therapists, the officials will decide whether the therapist or the doctor will manage the patient’s ventilator.
The guidelines emphasize fairness and justice, but please note that front-line medical staff will receive a certain preference.
The triage officer is part of the county’s emergency plan and will be appointed when the hospital enters the “crisis rescue mode”.
Although no hospital in Los Angeles County is in this position today, four hospitals have notified the state that “they are approaching or entering crisis treatment at a given point in time.”
The California Department of Public Health refused to disclose the name of the specific hospital because it was worried that it would prevent future emergency notifications.
According to the state health department, when the hospital informs the state that it has entered crisis care, it will immediately mobilize regional and state resources so that the hospital can resume routine or emergency care as soon as possible.
The department said no county in California is currently distributing life-saving care or supplies.
Theresa Waldrop of CNN contributed to this report.