Los Angeles County Memo About Treating Heart Attack and Stroke Patients Amid Coronavirus Surge Raises Concerns

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Los Angeles County hospitals are so inundated, officials said they’re just trying to provide the best care they can for the people needing it, but a recent memo from a healthcare leader about how to go about treating patients has some residents concerned.

Officials said there’s no need for alarm, as they are continuing to treat people who are ill with the same urgency and care they always have.

The memo sent out on December 28th by the medical director of L.A. County’s Emergency Medical Services agency, Dr. Marianne Gausche-Hill, addressed how first responders should treat stroke and heart attack patients, saying a patient should be treated at the scene first and have a pulse during resuscitation before transporting them to the hospital.

Since the memo began circulating online, many people have questioned whether first responders would deny taking stroke and heart attack patients to the hospital because of the coronavirus surge.

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SOURCE: CBS Los Angeles

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