Coronavirus epidemic – Crisis in Italy: “Set a bar – patients over 60 can’t help anymore”

The crisis is getting worse: An Israeli doctor in Italy reveals the dramatic guidelines

Over the past day, another 5,000 Italians were diagnosed with Coronavirus and 800 died as a result of the disease. Due to the multiplicity of patients and the severe lack of respiratory and CPR machines, medical staffs have to make dramatic decisions and choose which of the patients to provide life-saving treatment. Dr. Gal Peleg, an Israeli physician treating Coronavirus patients at a hospital in Parma, revealed that the guideline is to give priority to patients under 60

The health crisis in Italy following the Coronavirus epidemic continues to worsen as close to 800 more patients have died in the last day. The number of infections in the country has risen to 53,578 people, 5,000 of whom have been diagnosed with verified patients in the last 24 hours. In recent days Italy has passed China in the number of dead from the disease, currently the unimaginable number stands at 4,825.

Dr. Gal Peleg, an Israeli physician treating Coronavirus patients at a hospital in Parma, northern Italy, admitted to the morning news that the situation in the hospitals is very severe. “The situation is not improving, but only getting worse,” Peleg said. grows up. I’m on duty yesterday from an orthopedic ward who was converted to Corona patients. We come to terminally ill Covid-19 patients and we help them and relieve them in their last moments, allowing them to talk to the families who have been cut off for a long time because of the isolation. “

Peleg revealed that due to the lack of respiratory and CPR machines, doctors are forced to make dramatic decisions about which of the patients will be given life-saving treatment. He said the teaching was that patients over 60 would not be connected to the ventilator. “I heard from my friends and colleagues who set a bar for the age after which you can’t help anymore – age 60. Over the age of 60 there are fewer intubations and full anesthesia. Under that age, we help end up giving oxygen.”


David T

David T is a french Medical student, during its free time, he is writing for The Medical Progress and helping us to understand better the Coronavirus.

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