Doctors are conducting ‘dry runs’ to decide who gets access to critical care if it gets to that point

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-protocol-triage-covid-1.5873458

It’s a scenario doctors never thought they would have to face and are still desperately trying to avoid. But there is now planning underway in Quebec and Ontario to prepare for the possibility hospitals may have to make a choice between who gets access to critical care beds when the demand for space exceeds capacity. “It is contrary to everything that any physician I imagine has ever been taught, certainly that I was ever taught,” said Dr. Peter Goldberg, head of critical care at Montreal’s McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). “Our teaching has always been that our contract … is with the patient in front of us, regardless of what his or her cost will be to the system.”