NYU Langone tells ED physicians to ‘think more critically about who we intubate,’ get permission to talk to press

From Becker’s:

Robert Femia, MD, chair of the department of emergency medicine, advised NYU Langone’s emergency department physicians they have “sole discretion” to put patients on ventilators and the system’s backing to “withhold futile intubations,” according to a March 28 email reviewed by the Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Femia noted that NYU Langone leaders and experts were drafting internal guidelines to inform the allocation of ventilators, but the ED does not have time to spare. Decisions about airway management are left to the discretion of treating physicians, who he advised to “think more critically about who we intubate,” according to the email.

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