Cardiac arrest victims whose hearts cannot be restarted at the scene are now being left right where they are — instead rather than being brought to NYC hospitals for further revival attempts.
The Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of New York, which oversees the city’s ambulance service, issued the grim guidance on Tuesday in a letter obtained by The Post which states people whose hearts could not be restarted on the scene should not be brought to the hospital.
One veteran EMS worker told The Post that “they’re trying to do what they can with the people who have the most likely chance of being saved." Under the rule, “if you can’t get revived on scene, that’s it. They’re going to work on you, but if they can’t get a pulse back, they won’t transport you” to the hospital, the worker explained.
The decree took effect immediately, but paramedics will still render aid at the scene under the directive.