COVID-19: Doctors worried about anti-intubation trend

The trend of hospitalised COVID-19 patients refusing to be intubated, at a time when experts predict a nightmarish winter and the vaccine rollout is at a critical juncture, has burgeoned.

The trend of hospitalised COVID-19 patients refusing to be intubated, at a time when experts predict a nightmarish winter and the vaccine rollout is at a critical juncture, has burgeoned.


Following the death of a 54-year-ols woman at Athens’ Evangelismos Hospital , the nation’s biggest and a COVID-19 reference hospital, another 75-year old woman refused to be intubated.


A similar incident occurred at Thessalonikis’ Papanikolaou Hospital, and with Rhodes a woman who refused intubation died.


Intubation is considered necessary when a patient’s blood oxygen level below 75-80 percent.


If due to their condition patients are unable to decide on their treatment the approval of a family member or close friend is requested. If they object to intubation, the hospital requests a prosecutor’s order to perform the necessary medical act.