Hospital forced to deny advanced care to serious COVID patients – report

A hospital in northern Israel was forced to deny life-saving treatment to two coronavirus patients in serious condition, in the first incident of its kind in Israel since the start of the pandemic, the Haaretz daily reports.

Over the weekend, two COVID-19 patients in northern Israel needed to be hooked up to an apparatus to assist the heart and lungs — an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine. But the hospital was unable to provide the treatment due to a lack of manpower, says Haaretz. The two — aged 65 and 66 — are currently on ventilators.

Medical officials tell the paper the incident marks the first time doctors in Israel have been forced to deny the treatment since March.