Los Angeles County EMS Policy


The Emergency Medical Services Agency Revised Directive #6 instructs EMS providers to not transport adult patients if there is little chance of survival in certain circumstances.

On January 4, 2021, a Los Angeles Times article reported that ambulances would not transport patients to emergency rooms if they have “little chance” of survival. We are concerned that any type of rationing, especially “backdoor rationing” that unfairly puts treat/no treat decisions in the hands of care providers without adequate training and resources, will result in unlawful or unfair discrimination. If you are an Emergency Services provider who is feeling pressured into refusing care, or you are facing a refusal to transport for discriminatory reasons, reach out to NoBodyIsDisposable@gmail.com