- May 4, 2005
Edited to correct link; it seems that they've also changed the headline of the article:
Unfortunately, given the current shortage of ventilators along with other essential medical equipment, this is a grim reality with which many hospital staff and medical personnel around the US and around the world are grappling right now.
This is something for each of us to think about. As for me, right now I'm fine and healthy and apparently unaffected by the virus, since I've been isolating myself, staying at home, etc., etc. . As we know, though, things can change. So, if in spite of my best efforts to stay safe I wind up in the hospital seriously ill at some point after all, the decision is fairly easy if my physical health status changes to the point of needing a ventilator. I will simply say no thanks. Put This in the Chart: DNR. DNI. I have a few reasons for that, and one is my age (just turned 75 not all that long ago so am now I guess considered to be in the cohort of "aged" and while having enjoyed a pleasant retirement I really am not making significant contributions to the world, nor am I likely to do so in the future. Just an ordinary citizen here). More importantly from a medical logistics standpoint, under the best of circumstances I am considered a "difficult intubation" due to my particular physical anatomy. I don't see any point in medical staff struggling and spending a lot of time trying to get me intubated and finally getting me on a vent, only to have the outcome later on be a negative one anyway. I'd rather they save and use that ventilator and their time for someone who can genuinely benefit from it right from the get-go and who will go on to recover and live a happy, healthy life after this nightmare is over.
That's just me and what I have decided; obviously other people will make other decisions based upon their own lives and situations, their own priorities, their own health situation prior to the whole COVID-19 pandemic in the first place.