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How overwhelmed hospitals during coronavirus pandemic choose whom to treat first
NYC coronavirus cases surge as hospital system is collapsing: ER doctor
New York City emergency room doctor Dr. Calvin Sun discusses his experiences working in hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic.
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A nurse with asthma, a grandfather with cancer and a homeless man with no known family are wracked with coronavirus-induced fevers. They are struggling to breathe, and a ventilator could save their lives. But who gets one when there aren’t enough to go around?
Health care workers are dreading the prospect of such dire scenarios as U.S. hospitals brace for a looming surge in patients who need breathing machines and other resources that could soon be in critically short supply.
That has meant dusting off playbooks they’ve never before had to implement on how to fairly ration limited resources during an emergency.
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“I pray for their good judgment and their capacity as they make very difficult choices,” said Erik Curren, whose 77-year-old father died this month from respiratory complications related to the virus after becoming infected at an assisted living home in Florida.