Italian coronavirus patients who are 80 or older will not receive intensive care if the crisis worsens, under emergency plans being proposed in Turin.
Prime minister Giuseppe Conte warned today that the country is entering its ‘riskiest weeks’ as he signaled ‘we have not yet reached the peak’.
Doctors will also consider whether they are likely to recover from resuscitation if they are taken to hospital in an emergency.
‘Should it become impossible to provide all patients with intensive care services, it will be necessary to apply criteria for access to intensive treatment, which depends on the limited resources available,’.
Italian medics have already described how hospitals have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the health crisis, with Italy suffering the worst outbreak in Europe.