Investigation initiated after two rescuers refused to enter a care facility to provide assistance to a man with cardiac arrest

Investigations into two actions in Southern California are underway Emergency medical care After they refused to enter an acute post-treatment facility last month to assist men with cardiac arrest because of unspecified COVID-19 law.

The bizarre incident occurred on Thursday, November 11, when two Rialto Fire Responders answered a 911 call from the Rialto Post Acute Care Center at around 7:50 pm. The name has not yet been revealed, and he was found standing beside the open door in the center, wearing a mask, but refused to enter.

Rescuers are standing outside and the patient is suffering from cardiac arrest.  (FOX LA screenshot)

Rescuers are standing outside and the patient is suffering from cardiac arrest. (FOX LA screenshot)

As part of the department’s policy, the first 30 seconds of the footage was muted. Still, police reports of an unnamed police officer reported that rescuers were there for an unrelated patient, apparently saying the facility was “problematic.”

“After a while, a stranger at the location shouted to dismiss the employee.’Come to help, he’s in cardiac arrest,'” the report said. “Firefighters COVID- 19 Responded by claiming that the law was unspecified and patients had to be taken out of the facility before providing any treatment. “

Shortly thereafter, the police officer goes inside and greets the employee, letting them know that the rescuer will not “enter.” “They say it’s state law that they can’t get in,” he added.

The nurse was already trying to save lives indoors, including the patient’s CPR. This patient was later identified as 56-year-old Joseph Anglo. The bed he was in had no wheels. So, with the nurse still on the Anglo, the policeman got behind the bed and, with the help of hospital staff, went down the corridor and steered the bed.

As they passed through the door, two rescuers took over the CPR. Anglo was taken to a local hospital but did not survive.

Authorities were confused by the incident. “It’s hard to see the tape,” said Pro Tem Ed Scott, Mayor of Rialto, who noticed the incident from center staff and reported it to a city lawyer. “It’s especially difficult.”

and statement The San Bernardino County Branch of the Department of Emergency Medical Services told the news station:

“Accepting a phone assignment, California rescuers may refuse service (ie, evaluation, treatment, transportation) unless instructed by law enforcement or the site is unsafe. No. Local protocols may change the indications of conditions for evaluation, treatment, and / or transportation. “

A memo from the San Bernardino County Fire Chiefs Association, released in April 2020, states: To minimize the potential risk of exposure, the following should be considered: Also, all dispatch centers require the facility to move the patient out of the door or location. “

However, the memo states, “If the patient cannot move to get in and out before arrival, one of the Fire / EMS personnel must first interact with the patient,” and the recommended individual. Describes the types of protective equipment. ..

Rescuers were on leave until a third party investigation was conducted.

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