Montreal paramedics told to suspend resuscitation on some patients for months due to COVID-19 risks


For five months this year, Montreal paramedics were told to suspend resuscitation efforts on patients whose hearts had stopped, since it was seen as too risky at a time when COVID-19 wasn’t well understood. “During the summer and spring we just modified our protocol to protect the paramedic, to protect the health system, to protect the people—all people—because we didn’t know… how to protect ourselves, how contagious it was,” said Pierre-Patrick Dupont, the director of care at the Urgences-Santé paramedic service, which serves Montreal and Laval. The decision was made in conjunction with Quebec’s health ministry and its college of physicians, he said in an interview with CTV News. The move was first reported by Le Devoir newspaper.

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