By Tony Winterburn • 16 March 2020 • 11:48
In a shocking revelation reminiscent of a “war type” strategy the Italian government is actively discussing a draft law that allows some patients to be denied intensive care, in effect, they will be left to die.
One doctor said: “[Who lives and who dies] is decided by age and by the [patient’s] health conditions. This is how it is in a war.” referring to the wartime Nazi occupation of ItalyThe unit has drawn up a protocol that will determine which patients receive treatment in intensive care and which do not if there are insufficient spaces. Intensive care capacity is running short in Italy as the coronavirus continues to spread.
Of the Italians that have learned of the “plan”, they are comparing it to the Nazi occupation of World War II where the Germans literally took whatever they wanted from the towns and villages Italy and basically starved thousands of people, it was a war of attrition.
Some patients denied intensive care will in effect be left to die, doctors fear. Intensive care capacity is running short in Italy as the coronavirus continues to spread.
The document, produced by the civil protection department of the Piedmont region, one of those hardest hit, says: “The criteria for access to intensive therapy in cases of emergency must include the age of less than 80 or a score on the Charlson comorbidity index [which indicates how many other medical conditions the patient has] of less than 5.”
“The ability of the patient to recover from resuscitation will also be considered”
Italy on Sunday reported 368 new deaths from the coronavirus outbreak as the country’s death toll hit 1,809 while the number of positive cases rose to 24,747 from 21,157 on Saturday, the country’s civil protection authority said.
Governments around the world have stepped up restrictions on the movement of their citizens to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed nearly 5,800 people with over 153,000 infected globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)
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