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USNS Comfort Leaves NYC After Being Unused While NY State Issues Guidelines To NYCEMS To Not Resuscitate Cardiac Arrest Individuals

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Published on: April 22, 2020

In the throes of the outbreak of coronavirus in New York City, President Trump dispatched the Naval hospital ship, the USS Comfort, to the city in order to treat patients who did not have coronavirus, making room in the city’s hospitals for other patients.  Yesterday, The Hill reported the ship would be sent back to Virginia because Gov. Cuomo stated the ship was no longer needed.

A Naval hospital ship that was dispatched to New York City to assist with a surge in coronavirus patients will return to Virginia soon so it can be routed elsewhere, President Trump said Tuesday.

Trump met with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Tuesday afternoon at the White House, where the two discussed testing and funding for states. Trump said he also asked Cuomo about reallocating the USNS Comfort to another area of need. 

“I’ve asked Andrew if we could bring the Comfort back to its base in Virginia so that we could have it for other locations, and he said we would be able to do that,” Trump said at a press briefing.

The president said converting the Javits Center convention space to a makeshift hospital has made the ship less necessary.

“We’ll be bringing the ship back at the earliest time, and we’ll get it ready for its next mission, which will, I’m sure, be a very important one also,” he said.

Cuomo told MSNBC in an interview after the meeting with Trump that he appreciated having the Comfort to handle overflow patients but that the state no longer needed it.

While New York has been an epicenter of the coronavirus, State officials believe the number of cases is beginning to flatten.

If this is the case, why are New York City’s emergency services workers being issued guidelines to withhold CPR to individuals who have no pulse upon arrival on the scene?

According to the New York Post:

New York state just issued a drastic new guideline urging emergency-services workers not to bother trying to revive anyone without a pulse when they get to a scene, amid an overload of coronavirus patients.

While paramedics were previously told to spend up to 20 minutes trying to revive people found in cardiac arrest, the change is “necessary during the COVID-19 response to protect the health and safety of EMS providers by limiting their exposure, conserve resources, and ensure optimal use of equipment to save the greatest number of lives,’’ according to a state Health Department memo issued last week.

Wasn’t the USS Comfort stationed in New York City to provide hospital care to patients who did not have coronavirus?  Wouldn’t it stand to reason the hospital ship would have equipment and facilities necessary to handle patients in cardiac arrest?  The answer to both these questions would be a resounding yes.  So, why is the State issuing “guidelines” basically saying “let people die” when CPR can save 3-4 individuals out of 100.  Are those 3-4 individuals who are saved through CPR unworthy of life-saving measures?  According to the State of New York, they are, even when coronavirus cases are flattening and a hospital ship stood ready to accept patients, but the ship was released from service to the State only yesterday.

The story continues:

First-responders were outraged over the move.

“They’re not giving people a second chance to live anymore,’’ Oren Barzilay, head of the city union whose members include uniformed EMTs and paramedics, fumed of state officials.

“Our job is to bring patients back to life. This guideline takes that away from us,” he said.

Earlier this month, the Regional Emergency Services Council of New York, which oversees the city’s ambulance service, issued a new guideline that said cardiac-arrest patients whose hearts can’t be restarted at the scene should no longer be taken to the hospital for further life-saving attempts.

According to the Post, hospitals in the city have no beds in ICUs because of coronavirus patients.  But, the USS Comfort stood ready to assist the city with individuals who did not have coronavirus.  At what point does one disease trump another when it comes to treatment?

The regional council directive required emergency workers to perform life-saving measures on individuals for 20 minutes on the scene;  however, the new State “guidelines” overrides the regional council’s directive.

A veteran FDNY emergency services worker told the Post, “Now you don’t get 20 minutes of CPR if you have no rhythm,” referring to cardiac arrest individuals who have no pulse upon their arrival on the scene.  “They simply let you die … but for those 3 or 4 people, it’s a big deal.”

The FDNY issued a letter to the State health department, refusing to follow their guidelines.

The Post concluded:

The FDNY swiftly issued a letter Friday, the day after the state’s recommendation, telling city emergency-services workers that “the NYC 911 system will continue to maintain a higher level of care,” meaning attempted revivals at scenes would continue.

The state Health Department insists that its new guideline has been in use “in many areas of the US as well as other locations throughout the world” — even pre-COVID-19.

“These changes are based on standards widely agreed upon by the physician leaders of EMS Regional Medical Control Systems across NYS and the Medical Standards Committee of the State Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council,” a department rep told The Post in a statement.

Can you see what is going on here?  Gov. Cuomo and his State health department are playing politics with the lives of the people of New York City, using the exosome coronavirus as the reason.  Those of you who have been following the reports on Sons of Liberty Media know the truth about coronavirus and the hoax being perpetrated on the American public to promote an agenda.

New York has had access to the USS Comfort for quite some time.  There is no reason to cease transporting cardiac arrest victims to the nearest hospital for additional measures.  If the individual is revived, meaning cardiac processes are regained, that individual could have been transported to the USS Comfort for additional care.  It is not unusual for patients to be taken to the nearest hospital for “stabilization” then transported either by ambulance or air to another facility for continued treatment.  This is standard procedure, at least it used to be, when hospitals are full, hospital facilities are incapable of more than stabilization treatment, or when the hospital ICU units have zero available beds and the patient needs intensive care services.

To be clearer, what New York State is doing is called “rationed care”, which is prevalent in countries with socialized medicine.  Regardless of your political persuasion, support, or opposition to the socialized medicine of Obamacare, or your demographic, if you suffer cardiac arrest in New York, you could be “left to die” if the emergency services personnel follow these new guidelines.  What do the policies affecting emergency personnel in other countries or even other areas of the US have to do with the emergency personnel in New York?  If you are not familiar with “southernisms,” you would hear this writer say “the price of eggs in New York” as the comparison.  It doesn’t matter what other countries do or what any other area of the US does.  The State of New York is a sovereign State and makes its own determinations.

Well, States used to make their own determinations until the push for socialized medicine began and Obamacare was rolled out onto the insurance scene.  So, if you have Obamacare, all that “healthcare” you were led to believe you would get will be withheld if you have a cardiac arrest in the State of New York should emergency services personnel adhere to the “guidelines”.  It proves what many have been saying for years – health care insurance, which is what Obamacare is and always will be, does not guarantee services or payment for services.  It is the same with socializing medicine.  How is that working out for you?

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