The New York State Department of Health and the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law released updated guidelines for allocating ventilators during an influenza pandemic in the state.
According to Department of Health, the guidelines provide direction for the distribution of ventilators in the event of a sever pandemic, when there are insufficient ventilators to treat everyone who needs them.
"Pandemic influenza is a foreseeable threat, and New York has a responsibility to plan now," said Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker. "These guidelines provide an ethical, clinical, and legal framework to help health care providers and the general public make difficult decisions in the event of an influenza pandemic.”
The guidelines consist of four parts: Adult Guidelines, Pediatric Guidelines, Neonatal Guidelines, and Legal Consideration when Implementing the Guidelines.
Comments on the Guidelines may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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