NHS issues advice on prioritisation during CoVid-19 pandemic

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New guidelines have been published to help doctors and nurses decide how to prioritise patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Independent reports that the advice from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) was produced amid concerns that the NHS would be overwhelmed by the demand for intensive care beds and ventilators.

The three new Nice guidelines cover patients needing critical care, kidney dialysis and cancer treatment.

The document says critical care treatment should be stopped “when it is no longer considered able to achieve the desired overall goals”, following a discussion with family, carers, the patient or an independent advocate.

Via Independent UK

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