Elderly coronavirus patients could be denied critical care under a new NHS ‘scoring system’ designed to free up ICU beds for those most likely to recover. Over-65s with the deadly virus will be ranked out of 10 based on their age, frailty and whether they have any underlying conditions. Those with a combined score of more than eight should probably not be admitted to intensive care, according to the guidelines. The NHS says the ‘clinical frailty scale’ has not yet been validated for use with people under 65 or those with learning disabilities. It comes as NHS hospitals desperately scramble to free up beds to fight the COVID-19 crisis, which has already killed more than 10,000 Britons. The most vulnerable coronavirus patients could be denied critical care under a new NHS scoring system designed to free up ICU beds for those most likely to recover. Pictured: An intubated patient at the South Pest Central Hospital in Budapest, Hungary More than 5,000 coronavirus cases are presenting at hospitals every day and some intensive care units are already approaching capacity. Doctors, nurses and other health professionals have been issued with the ‘clinical frailty scale’ to identify ‘who may not benefit from critical… Read full this story
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