Monday, February 12, 2007

UK Considers Military Guards For Bird Flu Doctors

During Pandemic, Elderly Would Be 'Sacrificed'

Although the kinds of plans detailed below have been on the drawing board for the governments of the United Kingdom and the United States for at least two years, they are only now starting to creep into the mainstream media.

The below excerpts provide a vivid insight into the kinds of chaos and madness pandemic planners are expecting will be seen in hospitals, quarantine centres and medical facilities.

From the London Times :

Doctors treating victims of avian flu may need security guards and even military protection to shield them from violent relatives should they be forced to choose which dying patients to treat and which to turn away during a pandemic, a government committee has warned.

The elderly, patients who have long-term health problems and those who are least likely to survive will be at the end of the queue and might be denied life-saving treatment.

The draft report by the critical care contingency planning group, a joint committee between the Department of Health and the Intensive Care Society, warns that relatives could resort to violence when they are told their loved one is not considered a high enough priority to receive care.

Patients who would have been resuscitated in normal circumstances will be allowed to die. Others will be taken off life-support machines if they fail to show early signs of improvement.

The report says: “Additional security measures (possibly including military protection) may be necessary because of the risks of violence directed at staff making triage decisions.”

It adds: “Patients who have a low probability of survival, or for whom the predicted duration of critical care is likely to be such that many others will be consequently denied access to critical care, may not be admitted. However controversial, in the escalation towards worst case scenarios, increasing age, chronic disease and comorbidities [more than one illness] will have to be accepted as appropriate triage criteria.”

Contingency planning at its most ruthless but, presumably, necessary.

However, the following report discusses research that claims older people may prove to be immune from becoming infected with the H5N1 virus. It also claims 90% of all bird flu infections in humans occured in persons under the age of 40.

Elderly May Prove To Be Immune To Bird Flu Virus

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