Presbyterian Healthcare Services' chief medical officer, Dr. Jason Mitchell told CNBC that doctors "do all we can" to prevent rationing care when the governor of his state signed an executive order that brought New Mexico one step closer to rationing care – a place where the patient is sake Coronavirus to be treated.
"It's really important to realize that the goal of introducing a nursing crisis standard is to expand services so we don't have to ration," said Mitchell. "Also, we're going to use places that we don't normally use, whether it's tents or clinics, to put up hospital beds. We're really going to do everything. That's what we're going to focus on and try to make everything so that you don't . " Come to this point. "
The Albuquerque doctor added that hospitals will bring in doctors and nurses who normally practice in clinics, as well as rotating doctors who normally do not work in intensive care units. The intensive care units in New Mexico reached 103% capacity, the highest in the country. 935 people are being hospitalized with Covid in New Mexico, with hospital admissions more than doubling in the last month, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
Mitchell said a group of doctors, nurses, ethicists, and academics are working on an equitable route to potential ration supplies to ensure that health care providers can provide as many resources as possible to as many people as possible.
"The other important thing is that we all do this together. So every health organization uses the same criteria, the same mechanisms to ensure that equity, to ensure that patients are distributed across the state and that we are providing as much care and savings as that many lives as possible, "Mitchell said in an interview on Tuesday night about" The News with Shepard Smith ".
The United States has exceeded more than 15 million confirmed coronavirus cases. In context, that means roughly one in 22 Americans has tested positive since the pandemic began. This is evident from a CNBC analysis of the Johns Hopkins data. Mitchell told Shepard Smith that while health care professionals are already exhausted, the toll that "not having what you need for every patient" may be oppressive.
Dr. Bruce Becker, associate professor of behavioral medicine and social sciences in the School of Public Health at Brown University, echoed Mitchell's concerns about the policy of rationing care.
"The individual frontline health worker must execute the policy on a personal level and look a patient or family member in the eye and tell them that they do not meet certain policy criteria," Becker said. "This shatters a person's soul, it shatters their heart, piece by piece, and day by day, as they take on the brunt of the pain and suffering of the patient or family that have been condemned by politics not to do so . " Receive everything that exists. "