The best doctors in North Texas held discussions about the inclusion of vaccination status when admitting patients if hospitals became too overwhelmed.
It would only apply to critical scenarios, as if hospitals were left completely unmanned and on the verge of collapse.
Currently, under these conditions, considerations such as the underlying health conditions and age would apply, but physicians considered whether the status of vaccination would also be included.
Discussions took place between members of a working group that provides guidelines for hospitals reaching critical mass.
For now, the discussion about the status of vaccination remains that, a discussion.
The number of COVID-19 patients in North Texas is close to 3,000 people, most of whom are not vaccinated.
As of Thursday, there are only 62 ICU beds available in North Texas.
This week the state has sent reinforcements to hospitals as the latest wave worsened the shortage of pre-existing staff.
“What do we have left? What movement room do we have? There was a day last week when we were up to 12 beds in Dallas County. Those are disastrous numbers,” Dr. Mark Casanova told the Dallas Medical Society. . .
On Thursday, FOX 4 obtained a note sent to members of the Mass Critical Care North working group in Texas.
The independent group provides hospitals with guidelines for medical care.
He summed up a discussion about possible new guidelines if things get worse and hospitals run out of beds.
One of the guidelines discussed was whether the status of vaccination should be taken into account if physicians were to choose which patients were admitted.
Dr. Casanova is a member of the working group.
“As part of our deliberation, the question of the status of the vaccine was raised,” he said.
Part of the note said:
“Many are understandably angry and frustrated with the unvaccinated, but triage must continue based on the likelihood of survival. Healthcare professionals should continue to respect the duties of care and compassion.”
Dr. Casanova said, ethically, that doctors cannot discriminate based on vaccination status.
He said that in a situation where a bed is left, doctors have to make a decision based on multiple health factors to see if a patient would survive treatment.
The discussion was whether the status of vaccination would also be on this list.
“If we find ourselves in a situation where our ability to provide effective, high-quality life-sustaining therapies is overwhelmed by the number of patients on our roof and we don’t have the capacity to move to other hospitals, other care settings, we will do it you have to do an individualized assessment of each patient. How is he doing clinically and answer the question about his likelihood of surviving discharge, “Dr. Casanova explained.
The note also reiterated that vaccination significantly reduces the risk of serious illness and death.
“We are doing everything we can to avoid the worst of cases. When you hear health professionals asking the public to get vaccinated and put on masks, it’s for a reason. Future, unless we can curb the tide,” he added. Dr. Casanova.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday that the state will double the number of travelers to act as reinforcements to hospitals.
The deployment went from 2,500 to 5,000.